Why Study Politics?

‘I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians’.

Studying Politics will develop your awareness of contemporary issues and understanding of the decisions that affect your life and those around you. It will allow you to consider how and why decisions are taken on a local, national and international level.

Politics also helps you develop critical, analytical and oral skills, and gives an insight into issues of power and influence, where these lie and who has these in the UK and the wider world.

In Year 1, students study British Politics looking at its key institutions, issues and ideas. In Year 2, students study American Government and Politics. Students then focus on the ideas of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and either Nationalism or Anarchism.

Why Study Politics at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Politics is taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team of subject specialists. It links well with many other subjects available at College, particularly History, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Ethics & Religion, Classical Civilisation, Geography, Economics and Criminology. In the past, Politics students have visited the Houses of Parliament and conferences featuring leading politicians of the day. Politics students also participate in local politics with visits from local politicians, election hustings and delivering the College’s mock elections.

Progression Opportunities

A Level Politics is a well-regarded subject by all universities. It is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in Law, the Civil Service, Local Government and Politics, Teaching or the Social Services. Many students go on to pursue the subject at degree level and beyond.

Recently, one student went to Oxford University to study History and Politics and a number of students have gone on to study Politics and International Relations at Russell Group universities.


Scarlett Conyers

Politics - South Bromsgrove High School
I first had an interest in Politics when I joined year 11 and became more politically aware of the issues going on around me which led to me to pick Politics as an option at A-level. Politics in the UK has recently encountered drastic changes to its political climate, and I find A-level Politics helps me to understand these changes and further my knowledge on important topics like BREXIT and UK political ideologies. I hope to go to York University to study Global Development and use my knowledge of politics to aid me in my studies.
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Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Politics4Willingness to develop and maintain knowledge of current affairs. Ability to think critically about personal political opinions and those of others.Optional trip to Houses of Parliament – approx. £20.

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