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A Level: Politics at Beauchamp College

Course description

Politics is a very expansive and fascinating subject. If you are fascinated by current affairs, British politics, American politics, the laws and history of the UK, Europe and the USA then Politics could be right for you.

Course content

Unit 1 British Politics and Core Ideologies:

• Political participation and Democracy

• Electoral Systems

• Political Parties & Pressure Group & Protest Movements

• Voting behaviour and the media

• Core ideologies – Socialism, Liberalism and Conservativism •


Unit 2 British Government and Non-core Ideologies:

• Governing Modern Britain - The British Constitution, European union and devolution

• Parliament

• The Core Executive

• Relationship between the branches of government

• Non-Core Ideologies - Nationalism 


Unit 3 The Government and Politics of the USA:

• The Constitution and Federalism

• US Congress

• The President and Federal Bureaucracy

• The Supreme Court and US Civil rights

• US Democracy and Participation

• Comparative approaches

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

At least a 5 in the relevant subject if taken.

Politics students need to have good literacy skills.

 A need to keep up with current affairs by reading newspapers is preferable.


3 x 2 hour exams

1. British Politics and Core Ideologies

2. British Government and Non-core Ideologies

3. The Government and Politics of the USA

Future opportunities

Politics courses have been around at A Level for 30 years or more. They are well established and respected by all universities. It could lead to a career in Journalism, Law, the Police, the Civil Service, business, banking and accounting, the charity sector, think tanks and NGOs (non-governmental organisations).

Further information

Students need to have a good literacy skills and have a keen interest in both reading and analysing the articles they read using a political cuttings booklet which will equip them with a clear structure in order to be able to ingest all of the information.

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: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years