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What is Politics?

Past, present, future – Politics is everywhere we look and it’s changing. Decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on our lives and the lives of others. Studying Politics will give you a good understanding of the factors that are driving change all around us and how to make a difference yourself.

Unless we understand how the government works, we will never be able to play a full and active part in society. We will always be on the receiving end of other people’s wisdom, rather than being in a position to advance our own agenda.

The study of politics takes in grand issues of government and of justice, but also takes you behind these formal facades and seeks to understand the crucial questions of where power lies and helps you to understand ‘who gets what, how and why’.

What Will You Study?

We will give you the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of political process and institutions, focusing particularly on the government and politics of the UK and USA, as well as key political ideas that influence global political movements.

We encourage you to get involved in campus politics too, from student-led debates to joining the Student Union. This will all help to develop your skills to help you build towards moving onto university and your future career.

What Next?

The Russell Group Universities regard Politics A Level as one of the key challenging subjects that allow entry to the most prestigious courses at undergraduate level. It is seen as a traditional academic subject providing evidence of a student’s ability to produce detailed written arguments, reaching valid judgements based on strong analysis of supporting evidence. As a result, it is a subject that will help with almost all degrees and it is considered particularly useful for any humanities subject, Modern Foreign Languages & Law.

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Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in English Language.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Economics, English Literature, English Language, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.

Did you know?

The two red lines on the floor of the Commons are designed to be two sword-lengths apart. MPs are prohibited from crossing the lines to prevent physical fights.


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