16-18 Courses, 16-18: A Levels

Politics (A Level)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Average Points Score: 4.3, Grade 5 English Language GCSE, Grade 4 Maths GCSE, GCSE Written Subject 6 Desirable

Course information

This course really encourages you to think for yourself, to question the world around you and to see issues from a different point of view. This is valuable to most employers and universities.

The course will cover three components:

A) UK Politics And Core Political Ideas

Democracy and Participation

The development of democracy in the UK, participation, democratic theory and the influence of pressure groups.

Political Parties

UK political parties, our changing party system and the origins and development of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

Electoral Systems

The different types of voting systems used in the UK, the impact they have on the parties and the use of referendums in the UK.

Voting Behaviour and the Media

The study of three General Elections, why did people vote the way they did? How did the media influence this process?


What are their core principles and ideas? Different groups within Conservative thinking and the key thinkers.


What are their core principles and ideas? Different groups within Liberal thinking and the key thinkers.


What are their core principles and ideas? Different groups within Socialist thinking and the key thinkers.

B) UK Government And Non-Core Political Ideas

The Constitution

The Rule of Law and the numerous sources that make up the British Constitution. How is our Constitution changing?


The House of Commons and the House of Lords. The differences between them and how they work.

The Prime Minister and the Executive

Who sits in the Executive? What are the powers of the Prime Minister? What type of government do we have in the UK?

Relations Between the Branches

Sovereignty, the role of the UK Supreme Court and our changing relationship with the European Union.


What are their core principles and ideas? Different groups within Nationalist thinking and the key thinkers.

C) Global Politics

The State and Globalisation

The Nation State and the growth of globalisation. Are we moving towards a mono-cultural world?

Global Governance: Political and Economic

The differences between the Global North and Global South, the United Nations, and NATO. The WTO, G7, G20, IMF and the World Bank.

Global Governance: Human Rights and Environmental

The ICJ and the ICC, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the impact of sovereignty. Key environmental issues and the key conferences.

Power and Developments

Hard power and soft power, the key superpowers and the powers of the future. Different types of state in the world.

Regionalism and the EU

The growth of Regionalism and regional organisations. The EU and its role in the world (another key power)?

Comparative Theories

Realism vs. Liberalism, how do these competing views of the world shape foreign policy? How do they explain recent developments?

You can expect to study:

  • Unit 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas - democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media, conservatism, liberalism, socialism
  • Unit 2: UK Government and Non-Core Political Ideas - the constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive, relations between the branches, nationalism
  • Unit 3: Global Political Issues - the state and globalization, global governance (political/economic/human rights/environmental), power and developments, regionalism and the EU, comparative theories.

All three units are assessed by exam (there is no coursework). These exams will take place at the end of the second year.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study or employment.

University to study courses such as Economics, Politics, International Relations, Development Studies, History, Business, Sociology and Law.

Work or internships in Politics, social and charitable organizations.

Careers in Journalism, Researcher, Civil Service, Local Government, Charities, Pressure Groups and the Law

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Financial Support

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