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Politics A Level at Bishopshalt School

Course description

Politics will become a new ‘linear’ A Level in 2017 and the Specification is changing. The final details are awaiting approval by Ofqual, but the outline of the course can be explained here. Students will study British and American politics; how the political systems work and how the people get to participate in politics. 

The course aims to give students an introduction to a wide range of aspects of government and politics and to provide a sound basis for students to continue studying the subject at a higher level. The course allows students to see how the theory regarding government and politics is put into practice in the real world. Students are encouraged to take an interest in the news and current affairs in order to gain an appreciation of what is happening in the world.

Course content

There are three components in the new A Level:

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

Component 2: UK Government and Optional Political Ideas

Component 3: Comparative Politics including US Government and Politics

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have taken any particular GCSE subjects, however, written communication skills are important and at least a 5 (C) grade at GCSE English Language is essential. The most important requirement is that students should have a genuine interest in Politics.


There are three externally examined papers at the end of the course for each of the components. The written examinations are equally weighted and are two hours in duration. Students are given a choice of questions to answer in each paper. There is no coursework for Politics.

Future opportunities

The course provides a firm foundation for university studies in Government and Politics and is relevant for studying Law, History and Economics. A good Politics degree can lead to careers in Law, Government, Journalism and Teaching. You could even become Prime Minister!

Further information

For further information please contact Mr Boland - Head of Politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishopshalt School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2017
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