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Politics A-Level

What is A-Level Politics?

Politics A-Level 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?

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Government
  • The Judiciary & devolution of power to regional assemblies
  • Democracy & participation
  • Elections & referendums
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • The EU
  • Government & Politics of the USA including:
  • Constitutional framework
  • Congress
  • The President
  • US Supreme Court
  • Electoral process & direct democracy
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • Civil rights
  • Comparative of UK & US political systems including:
  • Constitutional arrangements
  • Executives, judiciaries
  • Electoral & party systems
  • Pressure groups
  • Civil rights
  • Political Ideas including Liberalism, Conservativism, Socialism, Anarchism, Feminism

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 the 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.

Exam Board

AQA

Entry Requirements

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

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