(Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Politics)


Politics is the study of power. In today’s changing world, where words like referendum, Brexit and impeachment have become commonplace, understanding who has power and why is vital. The study of politics will allow you to understand the world in which you live, and engage in debates about political systems and ideas.

As part of the course you will study:

Component 1: UK Politics

– Political participation: This includes democracy and participation, political parties, electoral

systems, voting behaviour and the media.

– Core political ideas: This includes conservatism, liberalism and socialism.

Component 2: UK Government

– UK Government: This includes the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, and

relationships between the branches.

– Non-core political ideas: This will cover one additional political theory.

Component 3: Comparative Politics

-The USA: This includes the US Constitution, federalism, the US Congress, the President, the

Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy, participation, and comparative theories.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, just an interest in political systems and arguments.


There are three examinations at the end of this A Level course. These will cover all elements of the course content, and there will be a section in the final exam asking for a comparison between the British and American systems of government.


Politics is a valuable qualification for anyone aiming to enter higher education. It is particularly useful for careers in fields such as politics, international relations, law, history, sociology and economics, but is also highly valued in many other areas.