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.


Course Structure

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



Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics.


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.


How You Will Be Assessed

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.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].