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Government and Politics A Level - Level 3

Overview

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A Level government and politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how both countries are run and develops research, written communication and analysis skills. It also helps grow your confidence through lively debate.

Students will get the opportunity to visit London, and potentially Washington D.C., to consolidate learning about the UK and US political systems.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including: English language, maths and a humanities subject such as history, geography or law.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.

How long is the course?

Two years.

Location

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed solely by examination, with exams scheduled for May/June.

Success rates

This is a new course starting this year, so there are currently no success rates that can be reported.

What does the course lead to?

This course is ideal if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

What will I study?

The core modules of the A Level course will include study of the UK and US political systems, together with a module of comparative politics, where you will critically analyse the similarities and differences in both political systems. You will also study a module of political ideas which looks at a wide range of political ideologies across the spectrum; liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

The A Level would be the first step towards a degree or other Higher Education course in PPE (politics, philosophy and economics), a straight politics degree, or even degrees in law or journalism.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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