Humanities and Social Sciences
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Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

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UNITS People & Politics Governing the UK Introducing Ideologies Extended Ideologies

You will keep a political diary through your research into current affairs and developments. The course concentrates on the changeable values of British politics, including:

  • electoral systems and voting behaviour;
  • political ideologies;
  • features of a representative democracy;
  • issues in British politics today;
  • political parties and pressure groups.

You will take part in several visits including the House of Parliament, local Magistrates Courts, the London Assembly, and with other colleges to arrange debates.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language at grade B or above and Maths. One of these GCSEs should be in an humanities subject such as Geography or History at grade B or above. It is not necessary to have studied the subject before but an interest in current affairs, history, geography, and economics is highly desirable. GCSE grade B in a subject which includes extended writing, such as English or History. All applicants will be interviewed.

Assessment Method

The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course.

The A-Level is 100% exam based. Each year makes up 50% of your final grade.

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework, and in-class tests.

Progression Opportunities

Where will this course take you? Apply for a university degree in Government & Politics, Business, Economics, English, History, Law, International Relations, Psychology, Sociology or Teaching Employment in politics, law, research, civil service, local government, charities, media, finance or business

This A-level combines well with business/economics, English, History, Law, Psychology and Sociology and can lead to university study in these subjects as well as careers in teaching, public sector institutions, the civil service, local government, charities and the media. Starting salaries for these roles tend to be in the region of £19,000 to £21,000 pa.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated theory classrooms.There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.


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