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Exam Board Specification: AQA

How the course is assessed

100% externally assessed by three 2 hour examinations:

  • Unit 1 Government and Politics of the UK
  • Unit 2 The Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics
  • Unit 3 Political ideas

Description of course

Lively, relevant, controversial... there are many ways to describe A-level Politics. There's no denying that it's one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills.  It also helps grow your confidence.

The specification requires in depth study of UK and US government and politics. Comparisons across the two political systems are required and students will be required to identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics. This will ensure that students develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes. The political ideas to be studied have relevance to both of the systems of government and politics. The study of the four ideologies will enhance the students' knowledge and understanding of politics, political debate and political issues in both the UK and the USA.

Those who complete this course will have an informed understanding of the workings of the UK and US political systems. They will be able to discuss issues and developments within the main political parties, institutions and pressure groups which operate in our country and in the USA. In addition, students will study the ideas that underpin these political systems. This gives depth to the learning and gives us even more to debate and discuss.

  • Regular attendance is a necessity; remember-this is not a correspondence course.
  • All students are expected to contribute to lessons on a regular basis by making short presentations, contributing to discussions, explaining issues or simply answering questions and explaining their thoughts.
  • The set texts, handouts and other revision materials are provided throughout the course and students expected to use them on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to complete a reading and a written homework each week.
  • Regular tracking assessments are set in order to monitor as well as encourage progress.
  • The school arranges a field trip to Westminster as well as attendance at a revision conference during year 12.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

Higher education in law, economics, history, politics, international affairs, journalism, local government, and public affairs.

2017 Examination success rates:

100% pass rate

A* - B 78%

A* - C 100%

Entry Criteria:

A Level entry criteria and 5 in English.

Additional information:

  • Maintain an interest in current affairs. Watch the news and other current affairs programmes such as Newsnight, the Politics Show and The Sunday Politics on a regular basis. Students are expected to read the quality press and maintain an awareness of the latest political developments in order to inform their understanding of UK and world events.
  • Visit mainstream party political websites to view what they are offering voters or planning.
  • Go to the ‘’ website; complete the questions to discover where you stand on the political spectrum in terms of ideology and policies.

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