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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration Two years
Awarding Body
Level A-level
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

This course will enable students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information, evaluate and analyse political knowledge, select relevant information and materials to communicate arguments clearly and coherently.

Politics is the way in which a society or a group manages different views, conflict and disagreement. Politics is about compromise; it’s about power; it’s about government. We look at these aspects through studies of the UK and American politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate in each country.

You will develop research and communication skills through a balanced handling of political questions, an interest in citizenship and an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs. You will develop your analytical skills by evaluating political concepts and arguments from competing and sometimes controversial perspectives. These are skills highly valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

A Level Pathways

If you are interested in proceeding with A Levels then then you have 4 different pathways that you can choose from. With each pathway you must choose 3 A Levels. Other combinations are available.


Pathway 1 – Health and Care

  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology


  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • ODP


Pathway 2 – Science and Technology

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computer science


  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Vet Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • ICT


Pathway 3 – Business and Law

  • Business
  • Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Maths
  • Economics


  • Business and management
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Accounting


Pathway 4 – Humanities & Social Science

  • Sociology B
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English Lang/Lit


  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Counselling
  • Peace Studies
  • Politics

What you'll study

  • Government and Politics of the UK
  • Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics
  • Political Ideas.
    • Government and Politics of the UK
    • Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics
    • Political Ideas.


Three exams at the end of the second year of study, each lasting two hours and each with equal weighting of 33%.

Exam questions take a variety of styles including essays.

Entry requirements

GCSE English
Grade 5

For learners wishing to enrol on one of the A Levels in September 2021 there is a minimum entry criteria of 5.6 based on an Average Points Score across a learners GCSE results.  A Calculation is made based on all GCSEs taken against grades per subject to confirm the final score.  For example if you sat 8 GSCEs and received a grade 5 for each subject then your overall APS would be 5.67.  For more information please contact the admissions team.

Next steps

On completion of the course, you can go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £1,049

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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