WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY A LEVEL POLITICS?
Politics underpins the ever-changing society in which we live. As part of your A Level Politics course, you will examine the role politics plays in current local, national, and global issues, as well as studying key thinkers and political ideas. You will explore how people engage in the political process and will develop an understanding of contemporary political structures and issues within their historical contexts. You will learn how politics has changed over time and how political ideas, institutions and processes interrelate. You will examine the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and learn more about how different electoral systems work and what factors influence these.
Studying A Level Politics will allow you to develop your analytical, interpretive and evaluative skills and teach you to develop and support independent arguments in your essays. It complements A Levels in History, Economics, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy and Classical Studies, providing an important foundation for any degree or career involving communication, research and analytical skills.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO ENROL?
No prior knowledge of Politics is required to embark on the AS or A Level course.
However, due to essay-writing component of this subject, a minimum of a Grade B in either IGCSE/GCSE English Language, English Literature or History is required before starting on the AS or A Level.
All Wolsey Hall A level students are also required to have IGCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.
THE SYLLABUS AND THE EXAM
Our course will prepare you for the standalone AS qualification: Edexcel AS syllabus 8PL0 or the full A Level Edexcel qualification: syllabus 9PL0. Exams take place in May and June.
For the standalone AS Politics, you will sit the following 2 papers in the same exam series:
Paper 1: UK Politics (code 8PL0/01) is worth 50% of the overall AS grade. Length: 1 hour and 45 minutes Paper 2: UK Government (code 8PL0/02) is worth 50% of the overall AS grade. Length: 1 hour and 45 minutes
For the full A Level Politics, you will sit the following 3 papers in the same exam series: Paper 1: UK Politics (code 9PL0/01) is worth 33.3% of the overall A Level grade. Length: 2 hours Paper 2: UK Government (code 9PL0/02) is worth 33.3% of the overall A Level grade. Length: 2 hours Paper 3: Comparative Politics (code 9PL0/3B*) is worth 33.3% of the overall A Level grade. Length: 2 hours
*Students studying with us will study the following option for Paper 3: Global Politics.
We can provide details of exam centres that are most convenient to your location.