Politics A Level

Overview

Do you enjoy a stimulating and dynamic subject which investigates topical issues and controversies that affect our everyday lives? Politics helps us understand how the British political system works, where power lies and how our system compares with others. Students will develop a range of analytical, investigative and critical skills to use in whatever career path they choose. To do well in Politics students will need to keep up-to-date with current affairs.

What goes well with this course?

Politics combines well with the majority of subjects, particularly:

  • English
  • Economics
  • History
  • Philosophy

Progression

Politics students are well respected for their versatility and their analytical and evaluative skills, which are essential in many professions. Possible careers include the Civil Service, teaching and the Police.

Course Content

The course is divided into three papers:

  • UK Politics and Core Political Ideas
  • UK Government and Non-Core Political Ideas
  • Comparative Politics (USA)

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Politics students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A visit to Parliament where students took part in a  question and answer style debate about the UK’s membership of the EU
  • A tour of the Houses of Parliament and a question and answer session with Reigate’s MP, Crispin Blunt
  • ‘Question Time’ debate involving all the major candidates for the Reigate Constituency and a mock election
  • A visit to the Reigate & Banstead Council Chambers for an interactive elections activity

The Politics Department is planning a study visit to the US in 2018.  

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

This course is 100% examination based. Students will sit three external examinations at the end of the second year. 

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History

No previous experience of Politics is required, however, an interest in current affairs and a desire to explore new ideas is essential. Students need to be willing to work hard and be able to plan their own learning.

Most students begin studying Politics having never studied the subject before: this is not a disadvantage. However, a willingness to find out about contemporary politics is essential. Students should genuinely enjoy the following:

  • Reading and keeping up-to-date with Politics
  • Developing and analysing different points-of-view in writing
  • Group discussions

This course will help students to develop a range of analytical, investigative and creative skills which they will be able to use in whatever career path they choose.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Politics A Level information leaflet.

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