an introduction to a-level politics

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

what does it involve?

A-level Politics gives students a varied insight and an in depth foundation in UK and US government and politics and political ideas. Covering news and current affairs from the UK, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.

Knowledge and understanding of the four main ideologies, ie Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Nationalism will allow students to confidently identify and debate current and past political and socioeconomic issues.

It’s ideal if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

How is it assessed?

Politics A-level is assessed by three equally weighted papers at the end of the two-year course.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students who wish to study Politics at A-level will require English GCSE at Grade 6 or above.

University or employment prospects?

A degree in Politics gives students many career path options which could include local or central government, public services, the Civil Service, non-governmental organisation (NGO) work, and research.

Politics students tend to be up to speed with current affairs and interested in leadership and the ways in which ideas and principles are put into action – attitudes that can be useful in the workplace. They are typically enthusiastic about their subject, opinionated and hardworking, and used to arguing a case and presenting their views. Many politics graduates go on to further study, often in specialised areas of politics such as international relations and international human rights. Others pursue careers in areas such as business, HR and finance.