A-Level Politics

Start date(s):
30 Aug 2021
2 years
Level 3
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £993 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

This is an exciting and enjoyable subject, which aims to increase your knowledge of current affairs, as well as examining the strength of the argument behind current political views.

It will enable you to develop an insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the modern world as well as increasing your overall level of political literacy. You will have the opportunity to engage in political debates and discuss a range of relevant issues.

You will study the political process in the UK as well as its democratic and political institutions; the constitution; parliament; the prime minister and government; the judiciary and civil liberties; pressure groups; and elections and electoral reform. You will also focus on political ideologies such as liberalism; conservatism; socialism; anarchism: and other ideologies such as nationalism; feminism; and multi-culturalism.


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Norwegians arrive

New College Durham Sixth Form welcomed Norwegian students from Elvebakken School in Oslo to study A-Levels.

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Christmas Festivities

Our Norwegian and Sixth Form students embraced Christmas traditions during their end of term party.

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Students celebrate impressive A-Level results

Students and staff from our Sixth Form Centre celebrated a 100% pass rate in 16 subjects.

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A-Level students visit Durham University

A-Level students visited Durham University as part of Welcome Week.

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Teesside University Open Day

The Sixth Form A2 students attended the Teesside University Open Day.

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Durham University visit

Our Sixth Form students visited Durham University to learn about the opportunities available through higher education.

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Making the right choice at UCAS Higher Education Convention

Students attended the UCAS Higher Education Convention at Teesside University.

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Oxbridge visits for Sixth Form Students

12 of our AS students attended an Oxbridge student conference. 

Comic Relief 2015

Comic Relief 2015

Students raise a fantastic £482.69 for Comic Relief.

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Student question time

Government and Politics students from our Sixth Form Centre were given the opportunity to get in front of politicians.

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Celebrating excellent A-Level results

The college has received an impressive set of A-Level results enabling students to be accepted onto top university courses.

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Bite the Ballot

Students took part in fun and interactive activities designed to inspire an interest in politics.

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Sixth Form Centre hosts Norwegian Students

Twenty four students from Elvebakken College, Oslo, will be spending the following academic year studying with us.


This programme aims to reflect the demands of a truly modern and evolving political environment in the UK and around the world. You will combine both historic and contemporary ideas, institutions, processes and issues to support learning of politics. Assessment will develop your critical thinking and analysis as you will be tested using various question types that require an in-depth knowledge of specific sources and materials.


You will study UK Politics and UK Government in the first year, to develop a set of core knowledge and understanding of politics.

UK Politics include:
  • Democracy
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour.

UK Government include:
  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The relationship between the branches.

In second year, you will develop this knowledge and understanding and study four core political ideas, alongside Politics of the USA.

Four core ideas include:
  • Socialism
  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Feminism.

The politics of the USA include:
  • US Constitution and Federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court
  • Democracy and civil rights.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.

Terminal exams will be in May/June.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for degree courses in European Studies, American Studies, or Law.

What else?

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

*Enrolling on their first full Level 3 Course - Free
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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited in for a tour of the College, and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* to C) which must include maths and English.