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From Brexit to Trump … our newsfeeds are full of the endless twists and turns of political life. If you have an enquiring mind and want to discover what lies behind the headlines – now is a great time to study politics.
Our A level Politics online course focuses on the UK political system and its history, institutions and processes. You’ll also discuss and explore politics in the US, to compare and contrast the UK and US systems.
As you progress, you’ll gain valuable research, analysis and critical thinking skills. If you’re considering a career in politics or would like to enter higher education, this relevant, engaging course is the ideal choice.
What power does the UK’s Prime Minister really have? How did Trump become President? Why is Brexit happening? Study A level Politics online and gain the wider knowledge you need to understand, debate and reflect on the political issues of the day.
Supported by a personal tutor, you’ll explore topics such as voting behaviour, parliament, elections and the UK and US constitutions. This course also explores key political ideologies including conservatism, liberalism, socialism and nationalism and how they’ve influenced our society.
Our Politics A level course is ideal if you:
Section 1: Democracy and political parties
Section 2: Elections and voting behaviour
Section 3: The Constitution and Parliament
Section 4: The Executive and relations between institutions
Section 5: Conservatism and liberalism
Section 6: Socialism and nationalism
Section 7: US Constitution and Congress
Section 8: The US President and Supreme Court
Section 9: Democracy and participation in the US
Section 10: Comparative approaches
Study A level Politics with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Ben who is just one of our first-class Politics tutors
“I have worked as a distance learning tutor for approximately fifteen years, and with the growth of the Internet and digital technology, it is a booming area of innovative and flexible educational learning.
I have worked in teaching roles across secondary, further and higher education levels, and such experiences have helped my role as a distance learning tutor, where subject knowledge and communication skills are vital.
I have always enjoyed the subjects of History and Politics since I was at school, and have a combined degree in the subject. I have also have gained a Masters degree and PhD in Politics. I have gained practical experience of the subject area with a spell working in Parliament, visiting other political bodies and institutions, while also having various research articles, chapters and books published. When I’m not working I enjoy sport, especially football, and I am a big fan of Everton FC!”
*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
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There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.
NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.
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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. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £695
Amount of credit: £625.50
Monthly payment: £104.25
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £695
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.
Study at your own pace.
There are no academic requirements for this course.
Course materials are written in English so a good level of written English is required.
As part of NEC’s mission to widen participation our team is happy to discuss payment options unavailable online. Please contact our team on 0800 389 2839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org