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A Level Politics

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Course outline

Democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, communism and republic – how do these political systems work and what impact do they have on citizens around the world?

Government and politics affects every aspect of our lives; our freedoms, our laws, the opportunities we have to succeed in life. At home in the UK debate continues on immigration, the health services and education.

In other countries people are fighting for equal rights for women, access to schooling for children and the abolition of dangerous working conditions. Find out how global politics has developed over the centuries and where we’re heading in the future.

You will study the features of government and political systems at local, national and international levels. You do not need to have studied the subject before, but you must have an interest in politics and current affairs.

Topics include:

  • People and politics
  • Governing the UK
  • Political ideologies including liberalism, feminism, Marxism and nationalism.

Studying AS in the first year and progressing to the full A Level in the second is a great way to study A Levels, but you may have the option to study the full A Level in a single year.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

How to apply for this course

You can now apply for an A Level Programme starting in September 2021.

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

Choose an option below and press apply now.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 6th September 2021

AS Level (1 year)

Course code: C000450 / Q002475

Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 6th September 2021

A Level Intensive (1 year)

Course code: C000453 / Q024836

Qualification

AS/A Level Politics

Duration

AS Level: 1 year with the option to progress to the full A Level the following year provided you achieve a Grade D in two or more of your subjects.

A Level Intensive: 1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

1 year AS Level Programme:

  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4 or above
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4 or above
  • You must also have studied an essay writing subject such as GCSE History or Geography.

1 year Intensive A Level Programme:

  • One full A Level at grade C or above
  • Five or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
  • You must also have studied an essay writing subject such as GCSE History or Geography.
  • Complete a successful interview

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at feadmissions@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Assessment

Assessment is by examinations.

Progression

If you achieve at least a Grade D in two or more of your AS Level subjects, you will progress to the full A Level.

You could progress to a related higher education course such as politics, political studies, political history, sociology or international relations.

There are lots of careers open to you such as journalist, political researcher, local government officer or civil servant.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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