A Level

Politics is all around us, from the laws we follow to the protests we see on our streets, and with the fast-paced and unpredictable climate we are currently living in, there’s never been a more exciting time to study Politics. On this dynamic course, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how the country is run, and the key figures involved. You will explore how the decisions of the minority can affect the majority, whilst developing your research, written communication and debate skills.

If you have an enquiring mind and a keen interest in current affairs, this A Level will offer you a stimulating and rewarding study experience.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

This lively subject will see you studying engaging topics, including:

  • Democracy and participation
  • Core ideologies
  • Governing the UK
  • Ecologism depth study
  • Global political issues

An enriching experience

Studying A Level Politics at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Politics students enjoy include:

  • Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops and speakers, including local MPs and university lecturers
  • Taking part in residential trips and visits – Politics students have enjoyed trips to European cities to deepen their understanding of global politics
  • Attending the Annual College Hustings with local political candidates and voter registration drives

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. These will stretch and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

You’ll benefit from first-class support, which includes access to cross-college Study Hub spaces and complimentary access to resources such as Hodder’s Politics Review series. Outside of the classroom you will have numerous opportunities to develop your skills and build on your cultural capital.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed by examination.

Where does it lead?

Politics is a well-respected A Level which builds a number of key skills – not least a keen interest in current affairs and the world around you. This A Level is therefore valuable to both employers and universities. As Politics impacts everything around us, there are not really many careers that do not benefit from the knowledge learnt on this course. Naturally, students progress to related careers where a knowledge of current affairs or the political system is vital, such as Journalism, Public Policy, Sociology, and of course, Politics, but really, the possibilities are endless!

A Level Politics students progress to university to study subjects such as:

  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Law
  • History
  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics
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Good to Know
The first year of the course will give you a thorough overview of the key aspects of politics, which means this course is suited to students with varying degrees of knowledge of how the political works.
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