Politics (A Level)


Politics isn't simply what happens in Parliament, how laws are made or how people compete for election. At its core, politics is about how people interact - how we organise, how we communicate, how we make decisions in life. As such a study of politics is far more than a simple academic pursuit; if studied well, it is a guide to our past, present and future, prompting and probing students' understanding, emotions and perspectives, providing them with lifelong skills, valuable in any walk of life. Our aim is to prepare our students to be conscious contributors to society, and to help to shape that society in the years ahead.

Lines of Enquiry:

We follow the Edexcel 2017 Politics specification - a copy of which can be found at the link below.

Edexcel 2017 Politics Specification

Component 1: Political Participation:

Students will study: 1. Participation: ● Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media. 2. Core Political Ideas: ● Conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Component 2: UK Government:

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

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

Component 3: Comparative Politics:

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

Knowledge - What do students need to know?

In order to support student progress, the Politics Department uses a Personalised Learning Checklist (PLC), against which students can track their progress. A copy of the Politics PLCs can be downloaded from our Personalised Learning Checklists page.

In addition, to support students’ acquisition and consolidation of key knowledge, knowledge organisers for each topic can be viewed at the bottom of this page.


The Politics course is a linear programme of study, with external exams in each of the three components taking place at the end of Year 13. Throughout the A Level, students will be assessed through a series of formal PPEs (Pre-Public Examinations) mock exams, with results being reported at regular intervals. 


Politics students visit Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Greater London Assembly, as well as attending student conferences in both Year 12 and Year 13. 


Politics is taught by Mr Leitch, who is also an Assistant Headteacher at the School. You can contact Mr Leitch to discuss the Politics course on rle@rws.uk.net

Road to Success Journey 2018-19
AS Unit 1.1 Participation Unit
AS Unit 1.3 Pressure Groups
Elections - Key Features Knowledge Organiser
Racial and Ethnic Politics Knowledge Organiser
US Constitution Knowledge Organiser