Course overview

Politics A Level City of Bristol College

Lively, relevant, controversial. There are many ways to describe A-level Politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose.

This course is an option within our business and law, social science and humanities A Level pathways.

  • Business and Law Pathway course code: ALBUS&LAW
  • Social Science Pathway course code: ALSOCIALSCI
  • Humanities Pathway course code: ALHUM

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This A Level is 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.

What you'll learn

You will learn all about the government and politics of the UK: including the workings of parliament, referendums, voting behaviour and pressure groups. The government and politics of the US: including Congress, the President, Supreme Court and comparisons with the UK political system in addition to political ideas: including the three traditional ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and socialism, plus one other option.

Course entry requirements

To join the course you must have six GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed through exams.

Future career and study opportunities

Many students go onto study Politics, International Relations, History and many other subjects at universities like Exeter, Cardiff and Leeds. Opportunities for political researchers are available as well as direct involvement in politics. In addition, many public services and businesses deal with government and are in need of expertise in how such institutions operate.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18. There is no formal list of additional costs. However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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