Why Politics?

A level Politics enables students to question the structures and systems that shape their lives on a daily basis. The intent of the course encourages student to think critically and form developed arguments grounded in their own knowledge and experience. Politics allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their own country not just as it is today but how it has been shaped by past events, as well as covering aspects of economics, sociology and philosophy. The course also has strong links to contemporary issues that young people preparing for life outside of the school environment should be aware of such as human and civil rights, individual liberty and the value of a society that values democracy and free expression. Students will also encounter viewpoints both from course content but also their peers that do not align with their own, and will develop the skills to engage with arguments and individuals whose ideas differ from their own in a mature and professional way.

What will I study?

Unit 1: People and Politics

This unit introduces learners to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuing representative democracy and participation.

Key areas of study

  • Democracy and Political Participation
  • Party Policies and Ideas
  • Elections
  • Pressure groups

 Unit 2: Governing the UK

This unit introduces learners to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages the development of a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions and the relationship amongst them in context of multilevel governance.

Key areas of study;

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Judges and Civil Liberties

Unit 3: UK Political Issues

This topic looks at key policy issues in the UK, particularly those that have affected the outcomes of general elections or stimulated public debate.

Key area of study:

  • Economic Policy
  • Social Welfare, Health and Education
  • Law, Order and Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Policy

Unit 4: EU Political Issues

This topic examines the political issues that have arisen as a result of the process of European integration and the impact of the EU on the UK. It also looks at European institutions and their inter relationships and the European economic and social model.

Key areas of study:

  • The impact of the EU on the UK
  • European integration
  • EU Institutions and their Relationships
  • Domestic Policy Issues


What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.