Citizenship - Key Stage 5

We offer 2 A-Level courses - Politics and Sociology. More details on both of these courses can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.


Politics

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and globally
  • develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes
  • develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and politics
  • develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups
  • develop the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgements
  • develop an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics

The Edexcel A-level in Politics consists of three externally-examined papers.

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Sociology

Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. It investigates the structures and cultures of different societies throughout the world and throughout history.

AS and A-Level courses based on the AQA specification enable candidates to:

  • acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures
  • appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
  • understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods
  • reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live
  • develop skills which enhance their ability to participate more effectively in adult life