Politics is all around us, from the laws we follow to the protests we see on our streets. And with the fast-paced and unpredictable climate we are currently living in, there’s never been a more exciting time to study Politics.

On this dynamic course, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how the country is run, and the key figures involved. You will explore how the decisions of the minority can affect the majority, whilst developing your research, written communication and debate skills.

If you have an enquiring mind and a keen interest in current affairs, this A Level will offer you a stimulating and rewarding study experience.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

This lively subject will see you studying engaging topics, including:

- Democracy and participation
- Core ideologies
- Governing the UK
- Ecologism depth study
- Global political issues

Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Under the guidance of our subject specialist teachers, you will explore and develop your critical thinking skills and understanding of how politics works and the ways in which it shapes our lives. You’ll benefit from first-class support, which includes access to cross-college Study Hub spaces and complimentary access to resources such as Hodder’s Politics Review series. 

You’ll also enjoy visits to some unique destinations. Recent students have taken part in a range of university taster days and visits to European destinations including Berlin and London.

You’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills throughout your time on the course through a wide range of enrichment opportunities, combining your classroom learning with high quality guest speakers and trips and visits. Our A Level Politics students have benefitted from:

- Visiting guest speakers such as local MPs
- University workshops and open day visits
- Taking part in Debate Club
- Attending the Annual College Hustings with local

This course is assessed solely by examination. 

A Level Politics will support your progression to degree programmes and careers where a knowledge of current affairs or the political system is vital, such as Journalism, Public Policy, Sociology, and of course, Politics.

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The first year of the course will give you a thorough overview of the key aspects of politics, which means this course is suited to students with varying degrees of knowledge of how the political works. 

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Economics at the University of Glasgow

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