Government and Politics

A level
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification: 9PLO
Centre Leader: Mr D Yates

What Will I Study?

You will learn about political participation in the UK and the USA and the world, both in and beyond elections, including:

Component 1 - UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

Component 2 - UK Government and Optional Political Ideas 

Component 3 - Comparative Politics

You will be taught using active and collaborative learning approaches, as well as individual reading and written assignments. You will be expected to keep up with current affairs by reading newspapers, watching and listening to the news

If you want to challenge the system, challenge politicians and debate meaningful issues, then this course is for you. Whether you want to get into politics, become a journalist, enter law, or simply want to add a highly-rated social science A level to your cv.

Entry Requirements

Students should achieve a Grade 5 at GCSE English and also in at least one source-based subject i.e. humanities.


There are three units, each examined with a 2 hour exam.  Exams contain structured, source-based questions choices and shorter ‘quote’ based questions. The final paper requires more ‘synoptic’ answers.

Where Next?

A level Politics will help you gain access to university to study social sciences, including Politics and Sociology, Law, Criminology, Medicine, History, English, and many others.

Department Staff

Mr D Yates Teacher of Government & Politics Contact