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Politics A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study Politics?
From the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed, politics affects nearly everything you do: the information on the packet of cereal; the licence fee you have to pay for the TV you watch whilst eating breakfast; the age at which you can drive; what you study at sixth form; how much money comes to your sixth form; the way that healthcare is run – the list is endless!

This course will enable you to study contemporary politics and develop a strong understanding of the factors shaping both the British and American systems. This subject also helps in the development of discussion and debating skills and encourages students to think beyond the constraints of a textbook. Politics is not linear, but ever changing with a multitude of avenues detailing the best and worst of the UK and US political structures.

Course content

What will I study? 

The Politics course is made up of the following components:

Unit 1: UK Politics 
Unit 2: UK Government
Unit 3: Comparative Politics

Unit 1: UK Politics 

Political participation: 
Democracy and participation, electoral systems, voting behaviour, and the media 

Core political ideas: 
Conservatism, liberalism, socialism  

Unit 2: UK Government

The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and the executive, relationships between the branches 

Political ideas (one of): 
Anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism 

Unit 3: Comparative Politics

Government and Politics of the USA: 
US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights 

Politics Extras

We run a trip to Washington DC during the July of Year 12 along with a number of UK-based visits including trips to the Houses of Parliament. We also invite MPs to come to talk and discuss issues with students.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 5s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

6 in a humanities GCSE or English GCSE


* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with Politics after sixth form? 

Politics will obviously equip students for the further study of Politics at University. As a subject which encourages critical thinking, it is respected and could contribute, along with other subjects, to a career in politics, journalism, law, social work and related areas.

Further information

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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: 26 September 2017
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