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AS/A-Level Government & Politics at Leeds City College

Course description

This course explores political and social issues, current affairs and how decisions affecting society are made. You will gain a critical understanding of how UK democracy works, how it could be improved and analyse the views of different political parties, individuals and groups.

The first year focuses on British politics, while in the second year you will study US politics and different political ideas. Politics will help you make more sense of political developments in the UK and internationally, and stimulate you to think critically and consider different points of view.

Course content

This subject will provide you with the political knowledge and skills to enable you to make more sense of the political processes and decisions, both in the UK and internationally, that have so much impact on your everyday life.  It will enable you to develop the political awareness that provides a foundation for effective participation as a citizen of the United Kingdom, Europe and the world.


Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*- C o r equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*- C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 a s equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However, please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 o r above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*- C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 6.0 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A -Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to choose the most appropriate course at enrolment. The table below will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

To work out your GCSE average score, add up your total GCSE score from your individual grades and divide by the number of GCSEs taken (for the purpose of this calculation you should discount vocational equivalents such as BTECs).

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria. Please see the subject pages for details.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and exams.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is highly regarded by universities who appreciate the critical-thinking skills you will develop. The skills and knowledge you learn in Politics are suited for a range of careers, such as journalism and the media, the legal professions, teaching, management, the public sector and social work. It is the most highly recommended subject for students wanting to study Law at university, but also combines particularly well subjects such as History, Economics, Business, Sociology, International Relations, American Studies, and of course Politics.

Further information

GCSE Grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE English

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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