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A-Level Politics at West Kent College

Course description

Politics will develop your knowledge and understanding of political institutions, processes, concepts, theories and issues. In addition to developing your knowledge and understanding, it will enable you to develop the skill of constructing arguments, make supported judgements and draw conclusions. You will develop your analytical and evaluative skills.

Year 1 (AS Level)

Component 1:
UK Politics covers issues such as democracy and participation, different electoral systems political parties in the UK and the media and voting behaviour.

Component 2:
UK Government covers how the political system works – the constitution, Parliament, the prime minister and executive and the relationship between the political system and other institutions.

Year 2 (A Level)

In the second year, students add to their knowledge of component one and two. You will study core political ideas for component one and non-core political ideas for UK Government. Crime and deviance and theory and methods are compulsory topics and global development will be studied as the third topic.

In addition, second year A-Level involves studying a new component – 3 which covers comparative politics – studying another country with a different political system.

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at Grades A*-C/9-4 including English and mathematics, and Grade B/6 or above in a related subject.


The course is 100% exam. At the end of the first year students will sit the AS exam. They will sit the complete A-Level at the end of the second year which includes all of the first year material.

Future opportunities

Upon completing this course you can progress onto Higher Education or professional qualifications in subjects such as Government, Law, Economics and Philosophy. A-level politics can also lead to employment requiring analytical skills such as management, finance, government, industry and business environments.

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: 01 November 2017
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