Exam Board: Edexcel


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This award is a two year A Level qualification. 

Component 1: UK Politics

Component 2: UK Government

Component 3: Comparative Politics (Focus on Global Politics)


Students will sit examinations for all three Components in June.

Each examination is 2 hours long, and each comprises 33.3% of the overall grade.  


Component 1

Political Participation:  you will study democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

Core Political Ideas: you will study: conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Component 2

UK Government: you will study the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

Optional Political Ideas: you will study one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Component 3

For Global Politics you will study: theories of Global Politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance - political and economic, global governance - human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union


Politics is very well regarded by universities and pupils who study it acquire a wide variety of transferable skills. It provides an ideal basis for careers in Journalism, Law, Research, Policy Development, Local and Central Government as well as Politics.


This subject goes very well with History, Economics, Modern Languages, Classics, Geography or Religious Studies. However, Politics fits very well with any combination of subjects.