Course Summary:

Politics at OSFC is the study of power; who has it and why. On this course you will develop the ability to interpret political information and hone your analytical skills by evaluating political knowledge. You will look to create careful and considered arguments about who has the power and authority to make significant political decisions. You will also study traditional political ideologies in depth, focusing on Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism and their very different perceptions on the state, the economy, freedom and the individual. Building on this you will explore other more recent political traditions such as Feminism, Ecologism and nationalism and consider the foundations and objectives of these alternative ideologies. Additionally, you will study the politics of the USA, considering the system of government, and will compare it to the UK system.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Law
  • The University of Leeds – International Relations
  • The University of Central Lancashire – Policing and Criminal investigation
  • The University of Sheffield- History and Politics
  • The University of Salford- ontemporary History and Politics

Career destinations:

Politics will help you develop your critical thinking skills and teach you to construct and communicate clear arguments. Politics could lead to HE courses and careers in Law, Education, the Police and the Civil Service.

Entry Requirements:

A grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language is desirable.

Assessment Method:

Year 1 and Year 2 100% exam


The department runs regular workshops to assist students with their studies, help prepare them for exams and advise them on university applications.

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