A level Government & Politics

A level Government & Politics

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A level Government & Politics

This course explores political and social issues, current affairs and how decisions affecting society are made.  You will gain knowledge of the authority and power behind the UK political system alongside an understanding of rights and responsibilities and engagement with contemporary politics. 

Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 02/09/2019
Campus Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus
Course code 15297-01

What you learn

This subject will provide you with the political knowledge and skills to enable you to make more sense of the political processes and decisions, both in the UK and internationally, that have so much impact on your everyday life.  It will enable you to develop the political awareness that provides a foundation for effective participation as a citizen of the United Kingdom, Europe and the world.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

Government and Politics at AS and A level will help you to interpret information, develop your critical thinking skills, and will enable you to evaluate and comment on the current political system.

You will develop an understanding of the impact of political power and decisions on society. You will also develop your ability to communicate your ideas and arguments clearly.

How you will be assessed

There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and exams.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus.  Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

Additional entry criteria - GCSE Grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE English Language.


What's next

Government and Politics is highly regarded by universities who appreciate the critical-thinking skills you will develop, and combines particularly well with subjects such as, Law, Business, History and Sociology.  The skills and knowledge you learn in Politics are suited for a range of careers, such as journalism and the media, the legal professions, teaching, management, the public sector and social work

Campus Locations

Park Lane Campus

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.7 MilesWebsite

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