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Politics A Level

Course Overview

Politics has an impact on every aspect of our daily lives; from health, travel and the environment, to education, justice and international relations. By studying Politics, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of how the world works.

The first year of the course focuses on politics in the United Kingdom. We study the differences between the main political parties (Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats), electoral systems, voter behaviour and the media, and democracy and representation in the UK. We also study UK government, namely the Constitution, parliament, the prime minister and the cabinet.

In the second year we study politics in the USA. This includes the US Constitution, the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. You will also study the ideas that lie behind political action: socialism, conservatism, liberalism and other ideologies.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

  • UK People and Politics
  • UK Government

Year 2 Components

  • US Politics
  • Political Ideologies

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including: 

  • GCSE grade 5 in English Language or Literature


  • 100% Exam
  • 3x Two-Hour Exams
  • Exam Board: Edexcel


Subject Lead

Mr S Evans

Why Choose this Course?

Politics is drastically rising in popularity and awareness amongst young people. This is largely due to social media and the ability to share information quickly and easily. Young people are becoming more engaged with a range of issues, from climate change to social injustice, and are turning to politics to help change the world they live in.

You will be encouraged to have your own views and to listen to the opinions of others. Politics is constantly changing, and an awareness of current events is vital. If you are interested in the world around you, and debating the issues that will affect your future, then Politics is the subject for you.

Skills You Gain

Studying Politics will help you develop valuable transferable skills, such as independent research and oral communication skills of debate and discussion. You will have the chance to meet your local MP and visit the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

You will gain confidence in essay writing, extended reading and how to answer political questions by carefully analysing sources, considering evidence and coming to balanced and substantial judgements.

After Northgate

Politics is a very well-respected and well-regarded A Level, which will help gain access to a range of degree courses and professional qualifications. Many students combine Politics with History, Sociology or Economics.

The interest sparked by Politics often leads students into journalism, teaching, campaigning organisations, local government and a few have even ended up working in Westminster!

“Politics has been responsible for some of the most interesting and exciting lessons in my time at Northgate. The teachers are passionate about the subject.”

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123