A-level Politics

AQA A-level Politics develops your awareness of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions, and processes. Government and politics play a huge role in our lives
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A-level Politics online course

Whether we realise it or not, politics has a huge impact on our everyday lives: it’s in the decisions we make, the laws we follow and the way we’re governed. Not only is politics enduringly relevant, but studying it also helps develop key skills such as the ability to interpret and explain complex ideas and form sound arguments with critical judgement.

In this AQA A-level Politics course, you’ll explore the different governmental systems and political parties in the UK. Then you’ll take a close look at how elections work, considering voting behaviour and referendums, as well as the ideologies that influence elections and government decisions. You’ll gain a solid understanding of the politics of the USA, learning about the key aspects of authority, the relations between institutions and political ideologies and discerning the differences between UK and US systems.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - The Government of the UK

    • The British Constitution
    • The branches of British Government
    • How does Parliament represent us?
    • The Prime Minister
    • Devolution
  2. Unit 2 - Politics of the UK

    • Democracy and participation
    • Political parties and pressure groups
    • The European Union
  3. Unit 3 - The Government of the USA

    • The Constitutional Framework of US Government
    • Principles of the US Constitution
    • The Legislative, Executive and Judiciary
    • The House of Representatives
    • The Senate
    • The Committee System
  4. Unit 4 - Politics of the USA

    • The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy
    • The Election Campaign
    • The Electoral College
    • Political parties and pressure groups
    • Civil rights
  5. Unit 5 - Comparative Politics

    • Constitutions, Executives and Judiciaries
    • Theoretical approaches to comparison
    • Constitutional arrangements
    • Electoral and party systems
    • Pressure groups
    • Civil rights
  6. Unit 6 - Core Ideologies

    • Liberalism
    • Conservatism
    • Socialism
    • Key ideas and principles
    • Key thinkers
  7. Unit 7 - Other Ideologies

    • Nationalism and multiculturalism
    • Feminism and Ecologism
    • Anarchism
    • Key thinkers
    • Key concepts
  8. Unit 8 - Preparing for exam papers

    • Paper 1
    • Paper 2
    • Paper 3

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Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this distance learning course, you will receive an A-level certificate in Politics, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university in the UK.

This syllabus (7152) has been chosen by Oxbridge because it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the best chance of success.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You’ll be required to complete three standard A-level written exams:

  • Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 77 marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 77 marks.
  • Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 77 marks.

These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.

Entry requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course. This AQA A-level Politics syllabus is a difficulty level three: an A-level or BTEC equivalent difficulty, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

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