Politics A Level

Social Sciences

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

What will you be working towards?

Code B17
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK (examination – 33 ⅓%)

• When studying the government of the UK students will learn about the nature and sources of the British Constitution, the structure and role of Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the judiciary and devolution.

• When studying the politics of the UK students will learn about democracy and participation, elections and referendums, political parties, pressure groups and the European Union.

Paper 2: Government and Politics of the USA and comparative politics (examination – 33 ⅓%)

• When studying this unit students will learn about the constitutional framework of the US government, the legislative branch of government: Congress, the executive branch of government: President, the judicial branch of government, the electoral process and direct democracy, political parties, pressure groups and civil rights.

• When studying comparative politics students will analyse key similarities and differences between the UK and USA.

Paper 3: Political Ideas (examination – 33 ⅓%)

• When studying this unit students will learn about liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism, feminism, multiculturalism, anarchism and ecologism.

Method of Assessment

This subject is assessed by three examinations of which there is one for each module. Each exam lasts 2 hours and has equal weighting. There is no coursework.

Links to other subjects

Government and Politics goes well with all other courses and is therefore a popular option. Particular combinations include History, Economics, Business Studies, Maths, English and Geography.

Links to HE courses and beyond

It is a highly regarded qualification by both universities and employers. It can be studied as a degree in its own right or it can help develop skills transferable to many other highly regarded degree courses such as Law, Business or Accountancy. It is therefore ideal preparation for careers in those areas as well as Banking, Journalism and the Civil Service, whilst also coming in handy if you want to be Prime Minister!

Student views on the course

Students who study this subject will tell you that it is a very stimulating and rewarding course that teaches you things that everybody ought to know.



How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

Academically, it is expected that students entering Birkdale’s Sixth Form will have achieved a minimum of 5 passes (9 to 5) at GCSE, with at least 4 at grade 6 or higher; we would expect 6 or higher GCSE grades in those subjects being studied to A level. A grade 6 is required to study A Level English and Mathematics, although a grade 7 is preferred in Mathematics. Prospective Further Mathematicians should achieve a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics although a grade 8 is preferred. In addition at Birkdale we look beyond the academic and would wish applicants to become fully involved in the life of the school, offering their skills and abilities in one or more of a number of areas (e.g. drama, sport, music, clubs and societies, etc).