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)

Please note, you won’t be able to start this course until 30/01/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

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: 9PLO

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

You can enrol today but this course starts on 30/01/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from your course start date.


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 (CAGs) 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 (9PLO) has been chosen by Oxbridge because it is the best suited to online learning, and we believe it provides the best chance of success. It is also possible to transition to AS-Level Politics if you wish to, using the same course materials.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

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

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: Government and politics of the UK 

The study of politics covers the institutions and decision-making processes that govern the world that we live in. It affects everything! In this module, you will focus on how the UK government is organised and will learn to appreciate the complexities of the system. You’ll focus on the structure and role of Parliament, the Prime Minister, cabinet, and the judiciary.

Then, you’ll look closer at the specific politics of the UK, developing an awareness of historical development of rights in the UK, such as the Bill of Rights (1689), the Parliaments Acts (1911 and 1949) and the European Communities Act (1972).

2: Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics 

In this section, you’ll learn about the key concepts of the constitutional framework of US government. You’ll look closely at the structure of the US Constitution and the legislative branch of government: Congress and President. Then you’ll explore the US electoral process and understand how the US democracy is organised.

Finally, you’ll be able to make a comparative study of the government and politics of the UK and the USA, analysing and explaining similarities and differences between them.

3: Political ideas 

In this final module, you will explore the core ideologies that affect the individual and freedom, human nature, the state, society, and the economy. Learning about these ideologies, you’ll develop a solid understanding of the fundamental goals of conservatism, socialism, liberalism, nationalism, feminism, multiculturalism, anarchism, and ecologism.

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. Additional texts may also 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.

You can study this course from anywhere in the world, but the exams must be taken within the UK.

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