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A-Level (AS/A2) in Politics at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Politics is a fascinating and constantly changingsubject that challenges students’ ideas about how democracy works. By studying this subject at A-Level, students will learn about how government is organised in the UK and the USA in theory and how politics actually works in practice. Students are asked to cast a critical eye over what they learn to form arguments for and against reform.

We expect students to develop an extensive knowledge of current affairs and to build up real examples that they can apply to understanding their own lives and to relate to issues in other subjects.

Course content

Skills in research are crucial and students are required to engage in independent study. They are encouraged to challenge their own beliefs and to develop skills of empathy and persuasive argument as well as a sense that arguments must be balanced before conclusions are made. Students learn how to approach short structured questions, how to study stimulus material and how to structure essays.

The first year AS Specification concentrates on the main UK political institutions and processes.

The subject would suit anyone with an interest in current affairs who is keen to learn more. Students need to be prepared to stay up-to-date using newspapers, magazines and documentaries and to be prepared to discuss politics and to listen and try to understand others’ views.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.

A good grade in English is important to understanding and engaging with the course content.


Examination papers, which contain short answer questions, essays and data response exercises.


Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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