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Politics AS/A2 level at City and Islington College

Course description

Why is society organised as it is? How did democracy begin and how did it become the dominant form of political organisation on the planet? Are there any alternatives? This two-year course gives you a thorough historical grounding in politics and political thought in the modern world.

This two year course gives you an understanding of the working of the British political system and an in-depth analysis of political ideologies. The course focuses on the extent to which governance in the UK is democratic. In the second year we ask what is freedom, how is it best promoted and protected and do we even need a governance at all? The politics course is interesting, engaging and full of debate and analysis.

Course content

In your first year, you will study democracy, political parties and their ideologies, elections, pressure groups, rights and liberties, how parliament works, and the role of the judiciary. In your second year you will study fundamental questions about the citizen's relationship to the state. This will involve studying ideas such as socialism, conservatism, liberalism, anarchism, nationalism and feminism.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must have achieved at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies or English Language.


International students:


  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by coursework and end of year exams. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Politics. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level in Politics.

Future opportunities

Politics is a well-regarded A Level that provides an ideal grounding for students with social interests - particularly in Law and Journalism. Students have also progressed from this course to work in local government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.