A-Level Politics

Our course code: X918

Course fee £695 or from £52 per month

Enrol on this course

Politics relates to every area of your life. It’s in the decisions we make, the laws we follow, and the way we’re governed. From the people’s vote and the parties we instate to how those parties reform our healthcare, economy and schools. This A-Level Politics course will teach you a solid foundation of the principles and systems in both UK and US politics.

On this A-Level Politics course, you’ll explore the different governmental systems and political parties present in the UK. Then you’ll take a close look at how elections work, considering voting behaviour and referendums, as well as the ideologies that influence elections and government decisions. You’ll become aware of the politics of the USA, learning about the key aspects of authority, the relations between institutions, and political ideologies, discerning the differences between UK and US systems.

This course aims to develop your research, analytical and reasoning skills, improving your ability to interpret and explain complex ideas and form sound arguments with critical judgement. It’s an ideal qualification if you’re wanting to go to university or work in the legal sector, but also careers involving banking, insurance, property or consulting.

This home study course follows the new AQA A-Level Politics syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final A-Level examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – Your tutor will help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)


A-Level Politics develops your awareness of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions, and processes.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X918
  • Qualification code: 7152

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Once you enrol, you’ll have up to two years to study and take your exams, and your unlimited tutor support will continue throughout this time.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

You’ll be required to complete three standard A-Level written exams.

  • Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-Level, 77 marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-Level, 77 marks.
  • Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-Level, 77 marks.

These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.

We also offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you for free, to your next exams.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this distance learning course, you will receive an A-Level certificate in Politics, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university in the UK.

This syllabus (7152) has been chosen by Oxbridge because it is the best suited to online learning, and we believe it provides the best chance of success.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: The government of the UK

To begin, you’ll take a look at the British constitution, and its key principles. You’ll identify key terms such as statute law, common law, and parliamentary sovereignty. You’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of the British constitution, and various modern reforms that have taken place. Moving on, you’ll take an in-depth look at the branches of the British government, the structure of parliament, and the role of the UK Prime Minister. Finally, you’ll investigate the topic of devolution, and what it means in relation to the UK political system.

2: Politics of the UK

You’ll open unit two by studying democracy and participation, learning what is meant by a ‘direct’ and ‘representative’ democracy, and which is better. You’ll examine how democracy operates in the UK, along with some of its positive and negative aspects. Moving on, you’ll study political parties and pressure groups, understanding the role they play in UK politics, and how they seek to influence policy. Finally, you’ll take a look at the European Union, its history and structure, along with the significance of Britain’s decision to leave.

3: The government of the USA

In unit three, you’ll study the constitutional framework of the US government, the key principles of its constitution, and the relevance it holds for the people of the US today. Next, you’ll look at the legislative, executive, and judiciary, understanding the structure and function of each, and how they interact with one another.

4: Politics of the USA

Next, you’ll take a look at the electoral process in America, including the electoral college system, abstention, and incumbency. You’ll take a look at the various factors which can determine the outcome of an election in the US, including the media, and funding. Moving on, you’ll examine political parties in the US, including party decline and renewal, and how independent candidates operate. Finally, you’ll study the role of pressure groups, along with key landmarks in the civil rights movement which altered US politics forever.

5: Comparative politics

Unit five will focus on a comparison between the government and politics of the US and the UK, evaluating the similarities and differences between them. You’ll look at constitutional arrangements, the role of the President and Prime Minister, legislatures, executives, and the judiciaries. You’ll also examine the similarities and differences between the electoral and party systems in the US and UK, including the role of third party and independent candidates. Lastly, you’ll look at the role and evolution of pressure groups and civil rights movements within both political systems.

6: Core ideologies

Unit six will focus on the core ideologies within politics. You’ll examine:

  • Liberalism, including its classical and modern forms.
  • Conservativism, including traditional conservativism and the ‘new right’.
  • Socialism, including revolutionary socialism and social democracy.
7: Other ideologies

In the final unit, you’ll look at other ideologies that have shaped politics, both in the US and the UK. You’ll examine nationalism, feminism, multiculturalism, anarchism, and ecologism.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

Yes. There are set texts that will come free with the course as e-books: (1) Edexcel UK Government and Politics for AS/A Level (Fifth Edition), N McNaughton, Hodder Education 2017. (2) US Government and Politics for A-level (Fifth Edition), A Bennett, Hodder Education 2017. (3) Political ideas for A Level: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism, Multiculturalism, Ecologism, R Kelly and N McNaughton, Hodder Education 2017.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).