Practical Vs Theory
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 the UK and US. You will also develop 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.
The standard requirement for A Levels at Stamford College 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 subject has its own additional entry requirements, please see below
Minimum grade 6/B or above in English Language or English Literature plus 6/B in another humanity, plus 6/B in one other subject.
We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you. We offer an online interview which will explain the A Level programme and also allow for an informal chat with the tutor for each subject before an offer to study with us can be made to you.
Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you 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 subject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑subject to availability
- Moving you between A‑Levels and a Level 3 Diploma if you are finding your current level too hard — subject to availability
- One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at email@example.com 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.
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:
- Social Worker
- Consumer Affairs and Trade Unions
- Trade Unions Representative
Studying further degrees in:
- Social Work
- Consumer Affairs
You will study the following units:
- Politics in the UK
- Political participation in the UK
- Political ideas
- Government and politics of the USA
Teachers use their expertise and experience well to plan and deliver high-quality theory lessons and practical sessions.