Politics A Level

Level A-level


What will I study?

In your first year, you will undertake a thorough and comprehensive study of the political system of the United Kingdom. You will study the institutions of UK government – Parliament, the Constitution and the judicial system in addition to a study of political parties, elections and pressure groups. You will also study a variety of ideological traditions, including socialism, liberalism and conservatism. In year two you will specialise in the government and politics of the United States, or global politics and you will also undertake the study of the ideology of nationalism.

Is this course right for me?

If you have an interest in current affairs and enjoy debate and discussion, this subject is for you. Everyone is affected by politics and the actions of politicians therefore studying and talking about politics are a necessary part of the life that we lead. You must enjoy reading about current affairs and watching programmes such as Question Time and the Daily Politics show, and you must be interested in how and why decisions are made by politicians in a democratic system.

Where next?

Many of our students go on to study politics or international relations at university. Others go on to courses in American Studies or to combine politics with other subjects like philosophy and economics. The study of politics will give you a detailed understanding of how political systems work, and how decisions about governing in a modern democracy are made. This is therefore a very good choice of subject for careers in a wide variety of fields such as the civil service, education, the law and the voluntary sector as well as in business and commerce.

Minimum entry requirements

C/4 in English Language GCSE. Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.