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Politics A Level at Varndean College

Course description

Politics is at the heart of everything we do – it is inspiring, exciting and relevant. It is never dull or predictable. You will learn to identify and analyse the language of Politics, weigh evidence against opinion and come to understand how your life is affected by political activity. You will soon find out that Politics is not just about men in grey suits!

At A Level, you’ll explore topics such as why people vote for particular parties – is it the media, their class or the appeal of leaders? Turnout in General Elections in recent years has been in decline but was very high in the Scottish Referendum – what does that tell us about participation in politics? You'll explore the impact of BREXIT - how will that change the way the UK is governed?

The course could hardly be more relevant as you find out what the political parties stand for and their role in the political system and, as more citizens take to the streets, you will consider whether protest is effective and how pressure groups can influence policy. You will also examine the nuts and bolts of our political system; the power of the Prime Minister, the role of Parliament and the impact of the European Union.

In the second year you will study the Politics of the United States and use this to complete a comparative study with the UK. You will also explore the ideological traditions in British Politics.




















Course content

Year 1:

  • UK Politics
  • UK Government

Year 2:

  • Political Ideas
  • Comparative politics:government and politics of the USA




Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements.


100% exam

Future opportunities

Students progress to a wide variety of university degrees. Past students are now working in the House of Commons, as lawyers, police, teachers, in business and the civil service.

Further information

Varndean has a weekly Politics Society where you can hear a wide range of speakers, from MPs from all parties to pressure group activists. The department also has links to the two local universities and organises lectures from subject experts. Trips are also organised to the Houses of Parliament and party conferences as well as residential trips to Edinburgh and the USA.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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    • At Varndean College our aim is to offer all our students the rich, broad and enjoyable experience they need to develop, flourish and achieve their goals in the adult world.

      Teaching and Learning is at the heart of the successful partnerships between students and staff here and we are proud of the skilled and imaginative approaches to teaching taken by our staff to make learning exciting.

      Equally important to the success of our students is the enjoyment they gain from feeling part of a community: a community that is created through the wealth of opportunities to engage with others offered by our extensive enrichment activities. From: Code-breaking to Sport; Music to Peer-mentoring; Drama to Politics Society, there really is something for everyone.