Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: Politics

Why study Politics?

An understanding of politics will stand you in good stead whatever you go on to study at university. As well as learning about UK democracy and government, this course also examines American government. It’s a great choice if you’re interested in analysing how different political systems work.

You’ll, be expected to read widely around the subject outside lessons and to make a contribution in class. It goes well with history, economics and law at A Level, and is ideal if you have ambitions to study history, law, politics, international relations or philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at university. Most students go on to study the subject or in combination at university; a number of our students have gone on to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities to study this subject.

What will I study?

This is a new linear specification for Politics. The First Year will involve the study of UK political institutions, voter behaviour, pressure groups, elections and democracy whilst the Second Year will involve the study of ideologies, for example, multi-culturalism and a comparative approach to looking at both the UK and American political systems.

How will I be assessed?

 There’s no coursework. You will beassessed by examinations at the end of the Second Year. 

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

What Havant adds to this

You can attend our annual trip to Parliament, hold debates, quiz our local MP, attend talks and lectures by visiting speakers. You will also have the opportunity to travel overseas to places like Washington DC, Poland and China. 

You will also be able to participate in an Aim Higher discussion group and improve both your knowledge and confidence by reading, thinking and discussing topical ideas and events both in the UK and the USA.

Your destinations with this course

 Students go on to a wide variety of degrees at university including history, politics and international relations.


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