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Key Stage 5

Edexcel 9PLO

Year 12 Year 13

Component 1: UK Politics

Section A

  • democracy and participation
  • political parties
  • electoral systems
  • voting behaviour and the media

Section B

  • conservatism
  • liberalism
  • socialism

Component 2: UK Government

Section A

  • parliament
  • prime Minister and executive
  • the constitution
  • relationships between the branches

Section B


Component 3: Comparative Politics (USA)

  • the US Constitution and federalism
  • US Congress
  • US presidency
  • US Supreme Court and civil rights
  • democracy and participation
  • comparative theories










Key Stage 5 assessment

  • Students are given written feedback a minimum of once per half-term
  • Students are assessed on a range of question stems and sit two full mock exams over the two-year course


Curriculum enrichment outside of the classroom

The Politics Department wholeheartedly encourage engagement with the subject outside of the classroom and facilitate this through a range of extra-curricular visits and experiences including the Year 13 New York and Washington visit, and a visit to Parliament and the Supreme Court.


The department also runs a weekly Politics Society for all year groups that discusses and debates a wide range of political issues far beyond the curriculum, and a weekly Politics Documentary Club for Years 11, 12 and 13.


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