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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ


Examining Body: EDEXCEL Specification No: September 2017


Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 in any of the following GCSEs: History, Sociology, Geography, Religious Education and a Grade 5 in English Language.

Synopsis of Content:

The course has been designed to provide students with a balanced education in politics. Students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. We explore representative democracy and participation as well as key governmental processes and institutions. We also examine the history and contemporary application of political ideologies including socialism, conservatism and liberalism.

Paper 9PL0/01 UK Politics (political participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour, conservatism, liberalism, socialism)
Paper 9PL0/02 UK Government (the constitution, parliament, PM and executive, feminism)
Paper 9PL0/3A


USA (the US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US Presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.)

Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed throughout the course during lessons. Students should expect to undertake some group work, compose presentations (using ICT), write essays and conduct research. Students MUST be prepared to undertake research and reading in a self-directed manner. The department and school library are resourced with all primary and supplementary texts approved by the exam board. Assessment of final grade is accounted for through three examinations.

Suitability for Combination

Politics combines particularly well with History and other social sciences subjects. Any student with an interest in current affairs is likely to do well in the subject.

Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations

Like History, Politics is well regarded by universities and employers, not least because it facilitates writing and critical thinking skills. ‘A’ level government and politics offers a wide range of opportunities in academia and the world of work – some particularly relevant professions include the Civil Service, journalism, law, research, teaching, local government, pressure groups, trade unionism and many more.

Ms R Sangha – History, Politics & Social Science Team Leader


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