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 AS 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 AS 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 AS 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
Study AS 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 Mike who is just one of our first-class politics tutors:
“I have taught in a range of higher educational establishments on a part time basis, and am experienced in teaching at a range of levels from access courses through to masters degrees. I am a longstanding examiner with AQA and CIE, on AS and A level sociology courses. Having been involved in online education from an early stage, I am committed to the delivery of online distance learning, and the importance of supporting learners as they progress through the course materials. I have a BA (Hons) in Social Administration from Lancaster, and a MA gained with distinction and a PhD from Liverpool University.”
*The specification suggests that 150 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 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 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.
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
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Non-exam assessment (NEA):
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.
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: £495
Amount of credit: £445.50
Monthly payment: £37.13
Duration of agreement: 12 months
Total repayable: £495
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.