Subject teacher: Mrs H Hillier-Brown, Mr M Leaman
Level of teaching: Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

This course is not studied at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

This course is not studied at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Politics Edexcel 9PLO
Exam Board: Edexcel http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 GCSE English
  • Grade 5 GCSE History and/or Geography desirable

Why Politics?
Politics is a lively, popular subject; the perfect choice for those who keep their finger on the pulse of news and current affairs. We will discuss: How are governments elected? How are countries run? How can we as individuals become more engaged with the political process? What are the needs of the UK?

Year 1 covers how the UK political system works and Year 2 focusses on global politics plus political theories such as Liberalism and Nationalism.

With enthusiasm and an open mind, you will develop your critical thinking and debating skills and learn to look at arguments with an empathetic but level-headed view. You will gain great social knowledge as well as an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context in the UK and globally.


33.3% – Paper 1 – UK Politics
33.3% – Paper 2 – UK Government
33.3% – Paper 3 – Comparative Politics – Global

Recommended Reading

Edexcel Politics AS and A level Student Book by Goodlad and Mitchell (2017)
Edexcel Politics A Level Student Guides 1 to 3

Enrichment & Links:

Trips to Bath Magistrate or Bristol Crown Courts
Y12 Optional Humanities Trip to Europe in January
Opportunities with BANES Youth Parliament
School visit by a Member of Parliament & House of Lords
School Subscription to “Politics Review”