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Politics at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

There has never been a better time to study politics. With seismic events such as the British exit from the European Union and the potential break-up of the UK, an A Level in Politics will help you to understand these major changes. The course has three components, two of which involve studying UK Politics. The final component involves a study of US Politics.

Course content

Paper 1 – UK Politics (democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media) Core political ideas, students will study: conservatism, liberalism and socialism

Paper 2 – UK Government (constitution, parliament, prime minister, relationships between the branches) Optional political ideas. Students will study the core ideas and principles, types and different thinkers of anarchism.

Paper 3 – Comparative Politics (US constitution and federalism, US Presidency, US Congress, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights)

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Paper 1:
Written examination – 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification
Paper 2:
Written examination – 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification
Paper 3:
Written examination – 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Politics is a well-respected A Level and would be welcomed by all universities. An A Level in Politics will enhance applications for jobs in the following areas, as well as many others:
  • Media
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Civil Service
  • Finance

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September