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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 con­tem­porty polit­i­cal struc­tures and their his­to­r­i­al con­texts, both with­in the UK and US. You will also devel­op yout crit­i­cal aware­ness of the chang­ing nature of pol­i­tics and the rela­tion­ships between polit­i­cal ideas, insti­tu­tions and processes.


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 addi­tion­al entry require­ments, 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.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

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. 

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

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

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Pol­i­tics in the UK
  • Polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UK
  • Polit­i­cal ideas
  • Gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics of the USA


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Learn­ers ben­e­fit from a range of addi­tion­al activ­i­ties that broad­ens their expe­ri­ence and pre­pares them well for life after College.




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