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A-Level Politics Course – Edexcel

Brand new and update - Online A-Level Politics Course

Politics shapes our lives – what we can do, the type of society we live in, the chances we have to succeed.

This course is for people who want to understand more about how politics and government actually work.

You will learn about the grand ideas and vibrant movements that are transforming the world around us, and also see how seemingly arcane customs and obscure committees hold enormous power.

In summary, this course explains ‘the rules’ of how politics works and looks at how people and politicians operate within – and bend – these rules.

To excel you will need to put aside any preconceptions about politics and keep your eyes open to the world around you – the things you’ll learn about in this course are happening all around you, every day.


Qualification: A-Level Politics
Support: 2 years support included - Email your tutor or call our support team
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Edexcel Specification: Code 9PLO
Exams: Fully Flexible 
Price: Interest-Free Finance 

 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 3 units of study in total as listed below.

UNIT 1: UK POLITICS AND CORE POLITICAL IDEAS
  • Democracy and participation
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Liberalism (A-Level only)
  • Conservatism (A-Level only)
  • Socialism (A-Level only)
UNIT 2: UK GOVERNMENT AND OPTIONAL POLITICAL IDEAS
  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and executive
  • Relationship between the branches
  • Nationalism (*optional political idea, A-Level only)
UNIT 3: COMPARATIVE POLITICS- GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE USA
  • The US Constitution and federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court
  • US democracy and participation
  • US Civil rights

View Official Edexcel specification here

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.

Course Duration

This course comes with 24 months support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 360 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 700 Hours

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.

Assessment

To achieve the full Politics A-Level you will be assessed across the 3 units. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below

Paper 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas
Type: Written examination
Duration: 2 hours
Assessed: Three questions

Paper 2: UK Government and Optional Political Idea
Type: Written examination
Duration: 2 hours
Assessed: Three questions

Paper 3: Comparative Politics- Government and Politics of the USA
Type: Written examination
Duration: 2 hours
Assessed: Four questions

 

Examination Fees

As a private candidate, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College.

This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of the area. (It’s worth it)
You can view a list of official Edexcel approved examination centres here 

The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (8 months minimum recommended)

Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 days cooling-off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

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