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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.

What does it combine with?


Start dates and fees

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September 20241502Apply online

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.

Entry requirements

You will need a total of 5 GCSEs at level 4 or above including:

  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • Maths (Grade 4)
  • A Humanities subject (Grade 4)
  • Plus, two other GCSEs at grade 4.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.


How long is the course?

2 years.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed solely by examination, with exams scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year.


What does the course lead to?

Careers in government, civil service, the United Nations, law, intelligence, mediation and negotiation.


What can I progress onto?

Supports access to university-level degree courses such as politics, philosophy, economics, law, journalism and many more.


Career opportunities


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses 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 course choices.

Apply online

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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