Qualification: A Level Politics (AQA)

Course Tutor: Miss E Podmore

Course entry requirements: General A level entry requirements including a GCSE grade 5 or above in either History or Geography.

Course description

The A Level is designed to increase your understanding of how different systems of government work and how different political theories have an impact on governance.

The course will include:

Unit 1 - Government and Politics of the UK

Unit 2 - Government and Politics of the US and comparative politics

Unit 3 - Political ideas

Students must be willing to learn independently and prepared to read around the subject. Lessons are varied with activities such as studying primary documents, discussion work, role play, internet research, presentations, group and essay work.

Students will also be able to apply political theory to real life evidence of the theory working – or not working! Students will also have the opportunity to visit different political UK sites throughout the course.


There will be three separate exams of 2 hours each.

1 exam per unit worth 33.3%

All to be sat at the end of Year 13.

The exams are a combination of shorter 'explain' style questions and lengthier essay questions. All answers are essay based so strong literacy is essential.


There is no coursework.

Post-18 Opportunities and Employment

An A Level in politics links into a vast variety of different degree qualifications at university. Going on to study a degree in Law, International Relations, Development, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), would be facilitated well by the study of politics A Level.

In terms of employment, A Level Politics can lead to careers in a multitude of sectors, due to the skills of research and analysis. Particular jobs relevant to Politics would be in the Civil Service, Local and regional government jobs, Justice system, Education and so on.

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