Politics A Level


Politics AS/A2 Level

About the course

Why is society organised as it is? How did democracy begin and how did it become the dominant form of political organisation on the planet? Are there any alternatives? This two-year course gives you a thorough historical grounding in politics and political thought in the modern world.

This two year course gives you an understanding of the working of the British political system and an in-depth analysis of political ideologies. The course focuses on the extent to which governance in the UK is democratic. In the second year we ask what is freedom, how is it best promoted and protected and do we even need a governance at all? The politics course is interesting, engaging and full of debate and analysis.

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
  • In addition, you must have achieved at least a grade B in one other written subject, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business or Religious Studies.

International students:


  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

In your first year, you will study democracy, political parties and their ideologies, elections, pressure groups, rights and liberties, how parliament works, and the role of the judiciary. In your second year you will study fundamental questions about the citizen¿s relationship to the state. This will involve studying ideas such as socialism, conservatism, liberalism, anarchism, nationalism and feminism

Assessment is by coursework and end of year exams. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Politics. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level in Politics.

Politics is a well-regarded A Level that provides an ideal grounding for students with social interests - particularly in Law and Journalism. Students have also progressed from this course to work in local government.


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Essack Miah

Essack Miah

Studied: A Levels in Economics, History and Politics

Destination: University of Cambridge to study Law

City and Islington College A Level student Essak Miah has won a scholarship to study at Cambridge University after excelling in his studies, gaining one A* and two As.

“I am very happy with my results as I am now going to Cambridge University to study Law. I am being sponsored £15,000 by international law firm Trowers & Hamlins for my degree.

He said: “The College has really helped me secure this funding and the careers advisers have given me excellent direction. I come from a working class background; some of my family have been to university, but no one has had an opportunity like this so I am very proud.

“I want to become a lawyer after University and I have already gained a lot of experience at law firms in London. I would really recommend others to come to the College as the teachers are extremely helpful, but I have also really enjoyed independent learning.”

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Start date
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07 September 2018

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Course level
Level 3
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2 Years
Sixth Form College
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.