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A level

Politics is about power and conflict and explores issues ranging from the provision of local sporting facilities to the decision to go to war. You will be encouraged to see and hear prominent politicians at special conferences and listen to guest speakers, such as pressure group representatives, local MPs and councillors.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

You will focus on the nature of democracy, political participation through voting, political parties, pressure groups and the media to assess how these can lead to political change.

You will also study how the key elements of government work such as Parliament, Government, the Prime Minister and the judiciary. You will study core ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.

You will study Global Politics which examine the interactions of countries as they deal with issues of globalisation, human rights and environmental issues and looking at how international organisations such as the UN and EU play an increasingly important role in international politics.


  • 100% exam

Special Features

There is a wide range of extra activities during the course:

  • visits to the Houses of Parliament, the UK Supreme Court and other political institutions in London;
  • debating competitions;
  • political conferences;
  • viewing political films at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge;

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.
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