A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years


Course Content:

The world of politics is fast moving and fluid. Politics influences our everyday lives and our understanding of often complex events can be obscured by conflicting information and ideas. How do we make sense of these events? Government and Politics focuses on how we manage disagreements in society – national and global. In other words, it concentrates on analysis of current affairs, Parliament and other institutions, and generally the events and issues that affect our day to day lives. A knowledge of such things helps us to answer questions that are both directly relevant to us – for example, why are we allowed to drive at 17 but not vote until we get to 18? 

You will study:

Component 1: UK Politics

a. Political Participation: Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

b. Core Political Ideas Conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Component 2: UK Government

a. UK Government: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

b. Optional Political Ideas: One idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics USA

The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.


100% exams. 3 exam papers; 33% of the final mark each

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are wide ranging and include debates and discussions on the latest political events in order to make sense of politics as it unfolds.  

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

A grade 5 in English is recommended. 

Course costs:

Essential: Purchas of essential textbooks, £40 across the 2 years

Parliament Trip

Politics works well with:


What our students say

"Politics classes are always engaging and exciting. Debating various issues and discussing how our country works really pushes our knowledge to the limits, making sure we understand exactly what is going on around us."

Scarlett Aylen, previously at The Alton School