Politics A Level (New)

Are you interested in improving your knowledge of and engagement with contemporary politics? This course will develop your understanding of authority and power within the UK's political system and the US political system.

This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here. The first opportunity sit exams for this course is 2019.

Price: 

Price£625.00

Course requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an A level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Many students allow 18-24 months to complete an A level, but some complete the course within a year.

Specification

This course follows specification 9PL0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Topics

Section 1 - Democracy and political parties
  • Introduction to politics
  • Representative and direct democracy
  • Widening the franchise
  • Pressure groups and other influences
  • Rights in context
  • The main political parties
  • The smaller parties

Section 2 - Elections and voting behaviour
  • Electoral systems
  • Referendums and electoral outcomes
  • The 1945 general election
  • The 1997 general election
  • The 2010 general election
  • The media and voting behaviour

Section 3 - The Constitution and Parliament
  • TBC

Section 4 - The Executive and relations between institutions
  • TBC

Section 5 - Conservativism and liberalism
  • TBC

Section 6 - Socialism and nationalism
  • TBC

Section 7 - US Constitution and Congress
  • TBC

Section 8 - The US President and Supreme Court
  • TBC

Section 9 - Democracy and participation in the US
  • TBC

Section 10 - Comparing the UK and the US
  • TBC

Exams and assessment

Three exams:
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None

Assignments

Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

Set texts and resources

Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
  • Edexcel UK Government and Politics for AS/A Level (Fifth Edition), N McNaughton, Hodder Education 2017
  • US Government and Politics for A-level (Fifth Edition), A Bennett, Hodder Education 2017
  • Political ideas for A Level: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism, Multiculturalism, Ecologism, R Kelly and N McNaughton, Hodder Education 2017

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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  • Windows 7 or later
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
  • iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser

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  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.

How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

Paying in instalments

It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.

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A Level Politics Course Sample

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