AS/A Level Politics

Exam Board


Course Entry Requirement

7 or above in Geography or History and English

Course Overview


Government and Politics of the UK

  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The Judiciary
  • Devolution
  • Democracy and participation
  • Elections and referendums
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • The EU

Government and Politics of the USA

  • The constitution
  • Congress
  • The President
  • The Judiciary
  • Elections and directt democracy
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • The EU

Students will also study comparative politics in relation to these two systems.

Political Ideas

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism
  • Plus two optional ideologies

There are three exams at the end of Year 13 - each two hours. Students do not sit the AS exam.


Students are regularly assessed on both their knowledge and on their ability to respond to the three question formats in the exams.

Support Materials

Reading lists will be provided on commencing the course. The AQA website has a range of useful materials and information.

We use an online resource, ‘Prechewed Politics’, which provides students with videos, notes, case study sheets and revision materials to support their lerning.

Future Careers/Uni Courses

A Level is a good stepping stone to politics and politics-related degrees (international relations, law etc). It is also a ‘facilitating’ subject - regarded by Russell Group university as a good supporting subject to those required for any degree. Its breadth and focus on research, analysis and thoughtful argument means politics students are highly sought-after by both universities and employers.

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