A Level Politics introduces students to the key political institutions, concepts and ideologies with the second year building upon these. Some of the themes and big questions include:
• Democracy and participation
• Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism
• Nationalism depth study
• Global politics

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A minimum of a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a Grade 4 in a traditional written subject e.g. GCSE History or English Literature. 

Whether through watching the news or reading a newspaper, following political commentators on social media or watching Question Time, A Level Politics is an ideal subject for those who have an active interest in keeping up with the latest developments in current affairs. It is also a subject that expects students to express their views on some of the themes mentioned above as discussion and debate are essential.

Throughout the two years on the course, you will be provided with the latest textbooks and will have access to the digital back catalogue of Hodder’s Politics Review series. Furthermore, there will be multiple opportunities throughout the two years to witness politics in practice as the department regularly hosts visits from members of Parliament and annually attends the A Level Politics conference.

100% examination.
Over 3 topic papers all with equal weighting.
 

Students that have studied A Level Politics go on to a wide range of academic university courses such as Politics itself, international relations, journalism, public policy, sociology, philosophy, history and law. If university is not for you, employers value A Level Politics as it demonstrates that you have a sound awareness of the political system and its surrounding services along with the ability to communicate effectively, formulating a strong evidence-based argument which has been well researched.

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