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European Social Fund

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If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Politics A Level

About the course

Do you trust politicians? At a time when few people are engaged in politics and voting in elections is at an all-time low, now is the time to take a look at the underlying issues and ideas. Using a wide variety of teaching and learning styles, including teacher input, discussions and activities, you'll have a chance to study political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism, plus other ideological traditions such as nationalism, feminism, ecologism and multiculturalism.

A trip to Parliament is included as part of the course and conferences will be attended and guest speakers brought in where appropriate.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score of 5 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

Awarding body

EDEXCEL

Why study?

The A level programme in Government and Politics will help develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will gain an understanding of the structures of authority and power within the UK's political system and how these may differ from those of other political systems.

Where will this course take me?

You could progress to study this or a similar subject at university. The knowledge gained here is also directly relevant to careers in Social Studies, Social Policy, Social Research, Public Administration, Public Relations, Journalism, Business Studies, Law and Marketing. Possible employment areas are the Civil Service; pressure groups; charities; political parties; parliament; regional assemblies; local government; law; journalism; business; teaching.

Core modules

AS Unit 1 – People and Politics
AS Unit 2 – Governing the UK
A2 Unit 3B – Introduction to political ideologies: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism Anarchism.
A2 Unit 4B – Other political ideologies: Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism Multiculturalism.

How will I be assessed?

Assessed by exam only

Will I have to provide anything?

Stationery and recommended textbook TBA

What should I do now?

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