Course aims

This course will enable learners to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade 6 in English and grade 5 in a humanities subject, in addition to the general entry requirements. An interest in current affairs and political systems is essential.

Course content

Our AS and A level politics gives learners a varied insight and an in-depth foundation in UK and US governments, politics and political ideas.

Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.

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.

Paper 1 – Government and politics of the UK:

  • Democracy and participation
  • Elections and referendums
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • EU
  • Parliament
  • Judiciary
  • Constitution
  • Devolution
  • Prime minister and cabinet.

Paper 2 – Government and politics of the US and comparative politics:

  • US constitution
  • Separation of powers
  • The President
  • Political parties
  • Federalism
  • The election process.

Paper 3 – Political ideas

  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Conservatism
  • Nationalism

and a choice of one other.

Course assessment

Written examinations.


You are provided with textbooks.


Higher Education to study a range of humanities degrees or employment in areas such as pubic services, journalism, Law or local government