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Politics A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

Initial studies focus on ‘Politics and People’ and how democracy, political participation, political parties, elections and pressure groups work. You will also study how the UK is governed, including Parliament, The Prime Minster, The Cabinet and our Civil Liberties.
You will learn about the political ideologies of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, nationalism, feminism, ecologism and multiculturalism.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you have a Grade B or above in a Humanities subject or English. Students who have not will be considered on an individual basis. You also need to have an interest in political ideas and in current events, follow political issues in the media and read articles in books and journals when preparing for essays. You should also be willing to share ideas in discussion and to listen to other people’s views.
Discussion and debate will play a very important part and so you should develop the ability to understand different points of view as well as consider alternatives objectively. You should also learn to argue your own case in a convincing manner, both orally and on paper, and to select relevant evidence to support your points.


There are two separate examination papers of 1 hour and 20 minutes, each consisting of a mixture of short-answer and essay questions. It is possible to complete these examination papers at the end of Year 12 in some circumstances.
There are also two examination papers of 1 hour and 30 minutes, each consisting of three short questions and one essay question, which have to be completed at the end of Year 13.

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: 15 January 2018
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  • Start date: Next September