A-Level Politics

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6151-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

Overview

A-Level Politics is a vital and lively subject that deals with the most relevant and significant issues of the day. If you want to know how the country works, who is in charge and how to influence them this is the subject for you. The study of politics is an exciting, intellectual challenge where students can deploy a variety of skills: debate and discussion, the ability to create an effective argument and analyse information to make valid judgements.

What will I study?

Political Ideologies

You will learn about different political perspectives and how these have influenced the development of politics in the UK and beyond. Political perspectives you will study include liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and anarchism.

UK Politics

You will gain an understanding of how democracy has developed in the UK through the study of political parties. You will then go on to explore the influence of the media and consider why people vote the way they do.

UK Government

You will learn about the major processes in government such as the Houses of Parliament, the Constitution, the Prime Minister, and the role of the Courts.

Global Politics

You will learn about the interactions between different countries, including the US, China, and Russia and global institutions such as the United Nations. You will explore the impact of global politics on human rights, the environment, globalisation, and conflict.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language.

 

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exam.

What can I do next?

This A-Level gives an excellent foundation to those who wish to pursue Politics, Law, Economics, Philosophy or History to degree level and those who wish to make their careers in the legal, journalistic, and political or business worlds.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Local Government Administrative Assistant

As an administrative assistant in local government, you would provide clerical support to managers and teams in local council departments, and give information to members of the public. If you are an organised person and you like the idea of working in local government, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you would need to have good communication skills. You would also need to be friendly and polite when dealing with the public.

You will need a good standard of general education, and good IT skills to get into this job. Experience of working in a customer service role could also improve your chances of finding work. You may be able to get into this work through an Apprenticeship scheme.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Local Government Officer

As a local government officer, you would be responsible for putting council policies into practice. You would also make sure that local services are delivered well. If you are keen to be involved in your local area and want to work in an office, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a local government officer, you will need to be able to deal with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. You will also need good negotiating and organisational skills.

The skills and experience that are needed will vary depending on the duties and level of responsibility. Experience of working in a customer service environment and IT skills are highly valued by employers and may help to improve your chances of finding work.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Local Government Revenues Officer

Revenues and benefits officers work for local councils and deal with housing benefits, rents, council tax and non-domestic rates. If you want a job in local government and you’re good at explaining complex information to people in a clear way, this may be a job you will enjoy.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Member Of Parliament (MP)

Members of parliament (MPs) represent the people of their local constituency in the House of Commons. If you have strong political beliefs and you would like to represent a local community, this job may offer the opportunities you’re looking for.

You’ll need to be motivated, determined and committed and have the confidence to speak in public. You would also need to be persuasive, enthusiastic and have a good understanding of local and national issues.

To be able to stand as an MP, you must be at least 18, and be a citizen of Britain, a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Economist

If you are interested in the business world, and are good at researching and number work, this job could be ideal for you.

As an economist, you would use your knowledge of economic theory to advise government departments, businesses, banks and other organisations about the economy.

In this job you will need to work with complex information and statistics. You will also need the communication skills to explain this complex information to people with less technical knowledge than you.

You will need a good degree in economics or a related subject, such as statistics, maths or business studies. Some employers may prefer you to also have a master's degree in economics.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Court Legal Adviser

Court legal advisers (sometimes known as court clerks) in England and Wales are able to represent the Justices’ Clerk, and advise magistrates and District Judges. If you are a trained solicitor or barrister, and you can explain complex laws and procedures to non-experts, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need good organisational and research skills. You would need to be objective and non-judgemental. You would also need detailed knowledge of the law.

To get into this job you must have completed the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. You will need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Academic Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn Sixth Form. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Blackburn Sixth Form student, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education.
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so.
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve.
  • A learning environment that is academic, friendly and safe.