A Level Politics

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Politics A Level
Code PL
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Politics is about compromise; it's about power; it's about government.

Politics is the way in which a society or a group manages different views, conflicts and disagreements. We look at these aspects through studies of UK and global politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate both in the UK and around the world.

You will develop research and communication skills through a balanced handling of political questions, an interest in citizenship, an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs and an understanding of the political ideas that have shaped the world. 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. 

There is an active student-led Politics Society and a programme of visiting speakers. The department organises annual study trips to the Houses of Parliament in London and an international residential trip to New York. 

Politics students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history.

“Through the study of Politics I’ve learnt more about the turbulent political times we are experiencing, have a more well-rounded and informed opinion in debates and, most of all, have been inspired to pursue International Relations at degree level!” Milly, Politics student.


Year 12
  • Democracy and Participation.
  • Electoral Systems.
  • Political Parties.
  • Voting Behaviour and the Media.
  • Liberalism.
  • Conservatism.
  • Socialism.
Government & Politics
  • The Constitution.
  • Parliament.
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Relationships between the Branches.
  • Nationalism.
Year 13
  • Theories of global politics.
  • Sovereignty and globalisation.
  • Global governance: political and economic.
  • Global governance: human rights and environmental.
  • Power and developments.
  • Regionalism and the EU.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

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Politics students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history.