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A-Level Politics

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course explores political and social issues, current affairs and how decisions affecting society are made. You will gain an understanding of contemporary political structures and their historical contexts, both within in the UK and globally. You will also develop your critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will study:

  • Politics in the UK
  • Political Participation in the UK
  • Political Ideas
  • Government and politics of the USA


What Does The Programme Include

You will be able to critically analyse, comprehend and interpret political information and evaluate areas of politics through debates and discussions. You will identify parallels, connections and similarities between the aspects of politics you have studied and be able to communicate arguments using appropriate political vocabulary. You will be given subject booklets which you will be required to work on in class and outside.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirement for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level has its own additonal entry requirement, please see below:

Grade 6/​B or above in English Language or English Literature plus 6/​B in another humanity, plus 6/​B in one other subject.\

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to visit Parliament to experience the political process first hand. Students have shadowed local MPs and also shadowed MPs in Parliament as their work experience. 

Potential Future Career

Example job roles in:

  • Politician
  • Journalist
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Consumer Affairs and Trade Unions
  • Trade Unions Representative

Studying further degrees in:

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Journalism


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I’ve had a brilliant two years at New College Stamford, it’s been the best years of my education! With grades A*, A, B, I’m now progressing to Cardiff University to study Journalism.

Seb Sadler



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