Exam Board

  • Edexcel

To study Politics successfully students will need an active interest in politics in the EU, the UK and also an interest in the government of the USA.

Course Content


Component one: UK Politics

In this component students will study democracy and participation, electoral systems, voting behaviour, the media and liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Component two: UK Government

Students study the constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between government branches, the EU and nationalism.


Component three: The Politics of the USA

In this component the students will study the US constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US supreme court and civil rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories


One written paper in each component.

Entry Requirements

A grade 6 or above in English Language or English Literature.

Progression Routes and Careers

A Level Politics is a qualification highly prized in many careers, not just for the knowledge gained, but also for the skills of analysis and argument which are developed. Areas which place a particular emphasis on qualifications in government and politics are law, the Civil Service, local and national government, the armed forces, teaching, journalism, communications, advertising and public relations.