A Level

Exam Board: A Level Politics – Edexcel/Pearson

Course Summary

“In our age,” said George Orwell, “there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.” Politics is the study of where power lies, who has power (and what they do with it), who doesn’t (and what they do about it),
and why.

We ask fundamental questions like what is democracy, and is it the best form of government? Why do people form political parties, and what do they believe? We look at voting systems, the media, parliament, the EU and Brexit. We also look at American Politics and Ideologies from Liberalism to Anarchism. All issues
are political issues.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in English
  • Minimum average GCSE score of 4



  • Political Theory and Ideologies
  • UK Politics and Government
  • US Politics and Government

Why choose this course?

  • Field trips
  • Topical issues covered across both years
  • Engaging topics with student lead debates

Where might it lead?

Politics uses elements from a wide range of other topics, meaning students often go on to study and work in Politics, Economics, History, Law, International Relations, Public Relations and Journalism.


This course is 100% examination based.


Oliver Doyle

"At Barton, I feel that I am being taught by skilled and mindful teachers that know how to push each individual student in the best direction."

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