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Politics A Level at PETROC

Course description

Politics is an exciting new A level for 2017 onwards that explores relationships between governments, people and ideas. It links incredibly well with subjects such as history, law, sociology and economics because the learning in one supports achievement in the other.

Course content

Over two years the course looks at four main areas. The first two deal with the nature of UK governance, the construction of the state and the interaction between these institutions and the political traditions of Britain. As you progress through the course you can look forward to relating this knowledge to other political systems around the world including the United States. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to study one of the great influential '...isms' of politics such as Nationalism or Anarchism.

This course is aimed at anyone who is looking to work in and/or study governance, political systems and the ideas that drive our world. It is also useful to people studying subjects in related disciplines. For example, history requires understanding of political ideas and this subject will provide it. Likewise, it is easier to grasp economic concepts when you understand the political ideas/actions that impact them.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

You will need to meet the college's A level study programme requirements. As well as this you will need to be open-minded about the nature of the world, prepared to work hard and willing to form opinions.


Assessment is examination based. At A Level you will have three exams on the UK, the USA and a political concept such as Nationalism.

At AS there is one single exam on the United Kingdom

Whilst studying at the course you can expect regular assessment based on the above to help prepare you. All assessments come with helpful feedback from supportive staff whose goal is to help you achieve your potential.

Further information

Q: Will studying politics help me get a job in government?
A: Absolutely. Public sector jobs are varied and all have their own requirements. However, general understanding of how our governmental and political systems work will always help you in any application/interview.

Q: Do I need to know a lot about politics or have strong political opinions to do this course?
A: No. This course explores a wide range of political ideas and systems. It is designed to inform and ultimately empower you to form your own views on the world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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