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Politics A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Politics is about power and conflict and explores issues ranging from the provision of local sporting facilities to the decision to go to war. You will have the opportunity for lots of discussion drawing on your opinions, research and recent political events. You will visit key political institutions such as Parliament. You will be encouraged to see and hear prominent politicians at special conferences and listen to guest speakers, such as pressure group representatives, local MPs and councillors.

You will enjoy and benefit from Politics if you:

  • are interested in current affairs and the way our country is run;
  • would like the opportunity to see the political system in action as well as studying underlying theories;
  • are keen to debate the issues and question participants in the political system;
  • want to become more effective at expressing arguments verbally and in writing.

There is a wide range of extra activities during the course:

  • Political Ideologies trip to Barcelon
  • Visit to the Houses of Parliament and other political institutions in London
  • Debating competitions
  • Political conferences
  • Viewing political films at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge
  • Visiting speakers
  • We were visited by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, in 2017.

Course content

1. UK Politics and Government

You will focus on the nature of democracy, political participation through voting, political parties, pressure groups and the media to assess how these can lead to political change. You will also study how the key elements of government work such as Parliament, Government, the Prime Minister and the judiciary.

2. Political Ideas

A key part of politics is the exchange of ideas about the nature of humankind and how society should be organised. You will study core ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. You will also look examine one other non-core ideology, feminism.

3. Global Politics

You will study Global Politics which examine the interactions of countries as they deal with issues of globalisation, human rights and environmental issues and looking at how international organisations such as the UN and EU play an increasingly important role in international politics.

Entry requirements

At least 7 Grade 4s at GCSE in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Politics if taken at GCSE level.


Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 2.

Future opportunities

Politics can lead to a wide range of further studies and careers including business, law, journalism, economics, media and philosophy.

Here are some of the degrees being taken by Long Road students who completed their studies in 2017: Politics and International Relations at Exeter, Politics and Sociology at Leeds, Religion, Politics and Society at Leeds, Politics at Swansea, Political Studies at Aberystwyth, Politics at Huddersfield, Politics at Sheffield Hallam, and History and Politics at Sheffield.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 27 September 2018
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