A Level Government and Politics Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

The A-Level politics course studies contemporary politics and ideologies, and will enable you to develop a strong understanding of the factors which shape both the British and American systems of government. This subject also helps in the development of discussion and debating skills and encourages students to analyse and challenge the nature of democracy in Britain and America.

You will explore the key issues that shape this country and America, such as Population debates around Human Rights and Brexit. Studying Britain and America now is probably more exciting than it's ever been!

Topics in Year One include: UK Politics; UK Government

Topics in Year Two include: Political ideologies, including Government & Politics of the USA and Feminism.

You will use textbooks, articles and internet resources, including college subscriptions to tailored resources. You should read quality newspapers, listen to relevant podcasts and watch television news regularly, to improve your potential grade.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A-Level are held in May or June of the second year.

The exam board for A-Level Politics is Edexcel.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a grade 4/C or above, including GCSE grade 5/C or above in both English Language and English Literature. An interest in politics is useful and commitment to reading serious newspapers and watching political programmes e.g. Newsnight, Have I Got News for You, or Mock the Week.

Where next?

The skills developed by studying this course are logical and analytical thinking and clear writing are useful in a wide variety of careers such as business, finance, law, teaching, journalism and of course politics.

The study of Government and Politics gives you the increased political awareness to become an informed and active citizen.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: constance.roach@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk