A-Level Politics

Politics is related to every facet of your life. It’s in the decisions we make, the laws we follow, and the way we’re governed. It’s everything affecting the social sphere in which we live. From the people’s vote, elections and the parties we instate to how those parties reform our healthcare, economy and schools. Enrol on our A-Level Politics to learn the underlying principles and systems in both UK and US politics.

Discover the Main Aspects of UK and US Political Systems

A-Level Politics is an ideal entry point to developing an astute understanding of politics at a base level. After a brief introduction, you’ll explore governmental systems, such as democracy, pressure groups, human rights, and political parties currently present in the UK. You’ll take a close look at how elections work, voting behaviour and referendums. The power regulation is important, so you’ll assimilate key aspects of parliamentary authority, the relations between institutions, and political ideologies.

In the second half of your course, you’ll become aware of the politics of the United States of America. Discerning the differences between UK and US systems, you’ll look specifically at the US constitution and congress. In addition, you’ll look at presidential power, the supreme course, and the role democracy plays in electing a new president. We’ll also break down the whole election process, from candidacy selection to voting. Finally, you’ll look at the political parties involved: Democrats and Republicans. With case studies to aid progress.

A-Levels Make a Difference

A-levels are the gold standard for education in the UK. Moreover, universities and employers alike regcognise them as a mark of significant achievement. This A-Level Politics course is written and designed to the latest specifications to maximise your success. You’ll have everything you need to succeed. For instance, a clear induction and well-structured assignments to develop the knowledge you need to prepare for the exam.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Administration and 5-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, 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)

Proactive tutors

We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

Awarding body: Edexcel
Our course ref: A018
Qualification code: 9PLO

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

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

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. If you need longer, this, of course can be arranged.

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, e-books, and online quizzes.

Official exams

You will be required to complete the three standard written exams:

  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete the following:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 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 gauge your progress as you work through the course.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Politics, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course.
UCAS Points
Section 1
Democracy and political parties
  • Introduction to politics
  • Representative and direct democracy
  • Widening the franchise
  • Pressure groups and other influences
  • Rights in context
  • The main political parties
  • The smaller parties

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 which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. 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. Costs vary between test centres and please be aware that we can organise a local exam centre for you or you can choose your own.

Additional texts may need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

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.

Yes. There is one additional fee of £360, which covers the costs of all your exams for this subject. 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.

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

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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