Awarding Body / Specification No:  Edexcel 9PLO


What will you be learning?

UK Politics:

  1. Democracy & Participation – Pressure Groups, Democracy, how citizens participate in Politics.
  2. Political Parties – the traditional values and policies of the Conservative, Labour & Liberal Parties & their policies today.
  3. Electoral Systems – exploring several systems for electing Governments and the advantages/disadvantages of each.
  4. Voting Behaviour – exploring factors that have influenced how citizens voted in elections, particularly in 1979, 1997 and 2017.

UK Government:

  1. Constitution – exploring the UK’s non-codified British Constitution and comparing with codified constitutions (US).
  2. Parliament – exploring how laws are made, the powers of the House of Commons & House of Lords & proposed reforms.
  3. Executive – exploring the powers of the Prime Minister & Cabinet and the concept of ministerial responsibility.
  4. Relations between branches – looking at how the Executive, Parliament & the Supreme Court interact with each other.

Political Ideologies: Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism & Feminism & significant             political thinkers within each ideology.

US Politics:

  1. US Constitution & Federalism
  2. US Congress – How Congress works & how laws are made.
  3. US Presidency – Powers of the President.
  4. US Supreme Court & Civil Rights – Powers of the Court.
  5. US Democracy & Participation – Parties, Elections & Pressure Groups.
  6. Comparative Studies – Comparing Politics in US with UK.


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature grade 5 compulsory

History grade 5 desirable.


How is the course examined or assessed?

3 Exams – all 2 hours

Unit 1 – UK Politics & Conservatism, Socialism & Liberalism

Unit 2 – UK Government & Feminism

Unit 3 – US Politics & Comparative Studies


What happens when you have finished?
A-Level Politics can lead students on to a Degree in Politics, International Relations or American Studies, or indeed be relevant to other related Degrees in Law, Economics, Philosophy or History.