Politics A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code HS11
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Edexcel A Level Politics


This course allows students to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political structure of the UK, the factors influencing participation in the political process, and a solid appreciation of a range of ideological perspectives in politics. Students will study the following three components:

UK Politics

Political participation (democracy, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and media) and core political ideas (conservatism, liberalism and socialism).

UK Government

UK Government (constitution, parliament, Prime Minister, executive, relationships between branches) and optional political ideas (one from anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism or nationalism).

Comparative Politics

Theories of global politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance (political and economic), global governance (human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism) and the European Union.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1 - 33%

  • Written Paper
  • UK Politics

Paper 2 - 33%

  • Written Paper
  • UK Government

Paper 3 - 33%

  • Written Paper
  • Comparative Politics






Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics


Grade 5 in English Language OR English Literature

Your next steps...

Politics is an integral element of people's lives, whether or not they are aware of it, and students will come to appreciate both the essential processes of government and the competing voices in the struggle for power.

Students are expected to have a general interest in political issues, and general current affairs, and to be curious about the political arena. It is not a requirement to have followed any particular GCSE course, though any of the Humanities subjects will provide a good grounding.

Politics combines well with any A Level course offered in the Sixth Form. It could lead to many possible careers, including Management, Social Work, Local, Central and International Government, Teaching, Lecturing, Journalism, Law, and other similar professional routes.