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Politics Level 3 at Cromwell Community College

Course description

Politics is central to our lives. The United Kingdom has undergone significant changes in recent years with further devolution in Scotland and Wales, the creation of a new Supreme Court, and reform of the House of Lords. In 2016 the majority of the British electorate voted to leave the EU. The Brexit negotiations will dominate headlines over the next few years, so this is an interesting and turbulent time to start studying British politics. In the US, politics has become more divided than ever before. The 2016 electoral campaign between Democrat Hilary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump revealed huge divides between American people and their visions for the future of the USA.

Finally, we’re now entering a period where competing political ideologies have clashed and collided once again after decades of relative consensus. The 2008 economic crash has led to a supercharged neo-liberal agenda of austerity and cuts to public services yet socialism has grown across the whole of Europe and left wing parties are beginning to take centre stage again. Nonetheless, in an increasingly fragmented world, other ideologies are becoming more important to study: the resurgence of Feminism in the West, Conservativism in the USA and religious fundamentalism throughout the world.

Therefore, this is an exciting time to be studying politics. This course will give you the opportunity to not only increase your knowledge and awareness of political
institutions and processes, it will also encourage you to develop your own ideas and responses to a wide range of issues.


Course content

Over the two yours you will study three core components. Leading to three exams of equal weighting at the end of your studies.

Component One: UK Politics and Core Ideologies

  • This section explores the nature of politics and how people engage in the political process in the UK


Component Two: UK Government and Non-Core Ideologies

  • Politics is ultimately about people, but most political decisions are made by a branch of

  • government whose roles and powers are determined by a set of rules: the constitution.

  • This component is fundamental to understanding the nature of UK government, since it

  • enables students to understand where, how and by whom political decisions are made.


Component Three: Comparative Politics

  • The USA has been considered by some to be a ‘beacon of democracy’. As a world power, understanding the nature of US democracy, and the debates surrounding it, is crucial given the considerable impact that the USA has on UK, European and global politics.

Entry requirements

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in people, their interests and concerns. How society is organised and the issues which face it.

You will need to have gained a grade 6 or above in English and History or any of the Social Sciences to study A-Level Politics.



Future opportunities

Politics is of considerable general interest. It is particularly appropriate for anybody considering an occupation dealing with people, the law or administration in both the private and public sectors.

Further information

Please speak to Mr L Sugden or Miss K Cavilla 

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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: 13 October 2017
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