A Level


  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Politics

Politics is about compromise; it's about power; it's about government. Politics is the way in which a society or a group manages different views, conflicts and disagreements. Politics is about compromise; it’s about power; it’s about government. We look at these aspects through studies of UK and global politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate both in the UK and around the world.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for Politics is 58.

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About the Course

We study UK and global politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate. You will develop research and communication skills through a balanced handling of political questions, an interest in citizenship, up-to-date knowledge of current affairs and an understanding of the political ideas that have shaped the world.

You will develop your analytical skills by evaluating political concepts and arguments from competing viewpoints. These are skills highly valued by universities and employers. Politics students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), international relations, law, and history.

2023 Politics A level results


41% of our students achieved A* to A


72% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

You will study an exciting mix of practical and theoretical aspects of politics and international relations, gaining insights into how the world works on a local and global scale.

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Through the study of Politics I've learnt more about the turbulent political times we are experiencing, have a more well-rounded and informed opinion in debates and, most of all have been inspired to pursue International Relations at degree level.

Milly, Year 12 student

Quick facts


249 year 12 and 13 students take Politics

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.