Politics is a dynamic, exciting and challenging subject. The political world is constantly changing. What will be the future relationship of the UK with the EU? Will Scotland and Northern Ireland leave the Union? Are political parties stable? Can we even say the same for governments? By doing this course you will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, political institutions and political processes. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of political decision-making in the UK, EU and USA, and the ideologies that underpin them.
The first part of the Politics course focuses on the comparative government and politics of the UK and USA. You will study how, and whether, democracy works in the UK, EU and USA, with key themes being elections, electoral systems and voting behaviour. The impact of political parties and pressure groups on these is then explored. The course then turns to how political institutions and processes function: the work of Congress, Parliament, the devolved assemblies and the EU; the US Presidency and UK Government; the Supreme Courts of the UK and USA; all within the context of the fundamentally different constitutional systems. Politics A-level concludes with reflection on the significant ideologies that have guided politics – the political theories of liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism, what they claim and how theorists have understood the political world.
This comprehensive and fast-paced course is supplemented by witnessing politics at first-hand. A study visit to London takes in the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament. Current students have appeared on the radio discussing elections, and opportunities to meet MPs, Councillors and Lords are also arranged. There are even plans underway to go to Washington DC!
This course develops the skills of critical analysis, logical argument, independent research and essay writing. Politics is therefore an excellent foundation for many degrees and for varying careers – journalism, law, campaigning, social work, education, humanitarian work and of course politics itself; in twenty years-time it could be you entering No. 10 Downing Street!
The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE apply. A minimum of 4 in English Language is needed to study Politics at A Level.
Politics is the broad, universal, and essential study of how governments, policies, and internal relations work. Politics plays a role in every country in the world, whether it be federal, democratic, communist or republic. It’s through politics that many important questions are answered, and global challenge are addressed – including human rights, poverty, equality, and welfare.
Politicians use their broad range of skills to stand up for what they believe in, and what’s right. Using their intelligence and communication skills, along with their powers of persuasion and charisma, politicians fight for the opportunity to occupy a place in government where they can make changes for good. Whether you want to become a politician, or you’re simply fascinated by the subject, a degree in politics will leave you with an arsenal of skills that will service you well in most careers.
There normally aren’t any subject requirements for a politics degree, but each university will have different grade boundaries. Applicants with the best chances will be those who have studied politics, or a combination of economics, history, geography, philosophy or sociology.
Like many degrees with non-specific entry requirements, you should focus on your skills and characteristics, and how they relate to your chosen subject. A politics degree will call for strong communication skills, critical thinking, analysis, an interest in social justice, morals, and ethics. You’ll spend a lot of time studying international and historical politics, so a global interest is also a bonus.
The most obvious and common career choice for politics graduates are:
local government officer
But your skills will also make you a highly employable graduate for roles in: