Course Type: Full Time

Government & Politics

  • Course Code CG60088
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Is A Level Politics right for me?


This A Level offers the opportunity to study political behaviour, processes and institutions. You will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political systems of the UK. We will also examine key components of the US political system as well as exploring issues and ideologies that drive political debates. This subject will be of interest to you if you have are keen to discuss and learn more about current affairs and political issues.


How could A Level Politics help me in the future?

Students who study the course have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. By the end of the course you will have learned to evaluate and analyse information, work independently and communicate complex ideas effectively. All these skills are recognised and valued by employers and universities. Politics provides a basis for a number of popular careers, including Journalism, Law and Business. You may even become the future Prime Minister!


I’ve decided to take Politics. What’s next?

You might want to engage with current political issues by watching the news or programmes such as Question Time on the BBC. If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact Heather Allen-Frost: heather.allen-frost@gateshead.ac.uk


Exam board: AQA New Specification (from 2017)

Course requirements: Grade B or 6+ at GCSE English Literature or other Humanities subjects



Exams - AS Level

Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK

100% of AS Level and 0% of A Level (3 hours)

A mixture of short response, extract based and essay style questions (98 marks)


Exams - A Level

Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK

33.3% of A Level (2 hours)

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions (77marks)


Paper 2: Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics

33.3% of A Level

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions (77marks)


Paper 3: Political ideas

33.3% of A Level (2 hours)

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions (77marks)




An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

8 GCSE's grade B (6) or above

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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