Online Politics A Level course overview
Politics A Level covers the following areas:
- develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures
and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and globally
- develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships
between political ideas, institutions and processes
- develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the influences and interests which
have an impact on decisions in government and politics
- develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of
individuals and groups
- develop the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to
form arguments and make judgments
- develop an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.
Students will investigate in detail how people and politics interact. They will explore the emergence and development of the UK’s democratic system and the similarities, differences, connections and parallels between direct and indirect democracy. They will focus on the role and scope of political parties that are so central to contemporary politics, including the significance of the manifestos they publish at election time and their relevance to the mandate of the resulting government.
Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Politics previously. A qualification in English equivalent to IGCSE would be useful.
Politics A Level online provides a suitable foundation for the study of Politics or related courses in higher education. It may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Politics or some other subjects. It is also suitable as part of a course of general education.
In the October of Year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October. InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here
Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:
- Extra time of 25%*
- Extra time up to 50%*
- A reader*
- A scribe*
- Supervised rest breaks
- Separate room
- Use of a laptop
- Enlarged print exam papers
*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an Educational Psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.
Students based in the UK have the option to pay annually, per term or monthly. International students based outside the UK cannot pay monthly.
There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.
However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A Levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.
You are also required to discuss your options with our Head of Key Stage 5, Nick Leney - firstname.lastname@example.org, for guidance prior to starting your programme.