Politics is a highly respected A Level amongst both universities and employers. Students taking the course will benefit hugely from the skills acquired, developing an enquiring mind whilst exploring new concepts and challenging old ideas. Students will develop an ability to communicate their own ideas eloquently and effectively, as well as the ability to argue a coherent case. This new and exciting course will appeal to students who enjoy debating and challenging ideas which affect their everyday lives and want to progress in a related field, or keep their options open.

Subject Leader: Mr M Roberts – M.Roberts@stjohnfisher.school 
                                   Mrs C Bowler – C.Bowler@stjohnfisher.school

Curriculum Outline


UK Politics (33.3% of A Level – written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes)

  • Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media
  • Conservatism, liberalism & socialism

UK Government (33.3% of A Level – written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes)

  • The Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister & Cabinet, relationships between branches of Government
  • One ideology from: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism or nationalism.

Comparative Politics (33.3% of A-Level – Written examination 2 hours) 

US Politics – The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation & civil rights

  • Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
    Key Stage 3 No
    Key Stage 4 No
    Key Stage 5 Yes

    Examination Information
    Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
    Politics A Level Edexcel