A Level




Course Overview

Politics will appeal to students who have a genuine interest in current affairs, combined with an ability to analyse and evaluate questions logically, using relevant supporting evidence. Students will examine the effects democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media. They will explore core political ideas: conservatism, liberalism, socialism and the impact of the UK constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and executive, and the UK Supreme Court. In year 2 students will study American politics and compare structural, cultural and rational similarities and differences between the two systems.



Exam (100%)

Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements:

Standard entry requirements to include grade 5 in GCSE English and grade 4 in

Exam board: Edexcel

£50 per year for textbooks plus optional field trips

Programme leader:

Swapna Jare

Course structure

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Life after Henley


This course equips students with a very good educational experience if they want direct entry into employment or further training. Roles may include teaching, research, civil service and local government.

Higher education

Whilst the course provides an excellent preparation for the study of subjects such as politics, international relations, law, economics and business at university, it also offers a strong grounding for those wishing to pursue many other subject areas at degree level.

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