A Level

Careers related to studying Politics:

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A-level 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 the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.

It’s ideal if you’re considering a career in 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.

Course content:

Paper 1 : Government and Politics of the UK

Paper 2: Government and Politics of the USA

Paper 3: Political Ideas

Entry requirements:

Politics favours those with good English skills as the approach is very academic. You will have achieved at least a grade 5 in English Language. History is also desirable.

Subject specific events:

Subject trip to London to visit the houses of parliament and visits from local councillors to give talks on aspects of local politics.

Methods of study:

There are four lessons per week with your subject specialist teacher and a period of supervised study. Teaching groups tend to be between ten and twelve in number, and the course is taught through a range of teaching and learning strategies. These strategies include group discussion (whole group, small group and pairs), analysis of source material and comparison of the political stuctures and philosopies. You will also prepare presentations (individual, paired or small group) and will report back on your findings. Much of your work will be produced independently. However, there are frequent opportunities to share ideas either prior to, during or after written assignments. You should expect to complete approximately 5 hours of independent study outside of your lessons.

Methods of assessment:

All three units are assessed via formal examination each of which is 2 hours long and worth 77 marks. Each unit is equally weighted for final results. Politics A-Level