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A-Level Government and Politics

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  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.


Course Content

There has never been a better time to study Politics. Unexpected elections, surprise referendum results, an earthquake in American Politics. The subject is vibrant and fascinating at present and you can learn about everything that has been going on and gain a much greater understanding of the world around you from this course!

We will study such things as why is the mass media so important to political victory, why does Parliament now have an enhanced role in our democracy, is the current Prime Minister weak or strong, why did people vote for BREXIT and Trump, what are the functions of political parties, what is the role and actions of pressure groups and much m​ more…

How will I learn?

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles and there are opportunities to take trips to a variety of sites to develop your understanding further. For example, there are regular trips to Parliament and to the Courts in London.

How will I be assessed?

There are two written exams at the end of the course and guidance will be given on how to answer questions in the exams throughout the course.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

You will be expected to spend around 5 hours per week outside lesson time to complete set work. In addition, you will be required to sign up to the course Twitter feed in order to maintain a “Diary of Political Events.” This will be invaluable when it comes to exams as it will provide you with up-to-date examples which you can use.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?

The course is validated by Pearson (Edexcel.)

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enroll?

Apart from the general entry criteria for A Levels (6 GCSEs A*-C/grade 4 or above), you must have Grade B/6 in one of the following subjects: English Language, English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, History or Politics.

Expected prior knowledge

You should have a strong interest in current affairs and in particular political debate. An interest in the world around you is a must!

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Politics is one of the subjects which is highly regarded by Universities and is particularly useful for students wanting to pursue careers in law, the police, the media or journalism and for anyone who just wants a greater knowledge of the world around them. This course will lead you into all sorts of career paths and university choices but you will be mainly interested in a legal career, political science, journalism and literature. It is useful in a wide range of careers such as the legal profession, the civil service, teaching, local government, politics, and in pressure groups and charities. History skills are especially useful in research based occupations such as journalism, the police and the law.

English level

GCSE grade C/5 or above.

Mathematics level

GCSE grade C/4 or above.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.


* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.