A level Politics

Why 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 HistoryEconomicsEnglish LiteraturePsychologySociology, Philosophy and Classical Studies, providing an important foundation for any degree or career involving communication, research and analytical skills.

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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 LanguageEnglish 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 exam

This course is available to both UK and International students.

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/June exam series only.

AS level

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

A level

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.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

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Course Fees

The fee for A level Politics is £875 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £830. Read more about our fees and discounts, see what our fees include or use our fee calculator to find out the total cost of the courses you select. If you’re not delighted with your course, let us know within 45 days and we’ll refund your course fee (less the cost of the books).

Juliet Ingram

Subjects: History, Politics

Alan Carter

Subjects: Politics

Michelle Feeney

Subjects: History, Politics
To be honest, I don’t think I would have done this so easily without the entire Wolsey Hall team on board – and, all the Tutors’ help. I am quite amazed at what I’ve done!
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