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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr A Hartley BA (Hons), MA, PGCE

AS Level Course Outline

Politics AS Level enables students to understand the political processes and debates that shape the modern world. The course involves a lot of discussion and debate and students are encouraged to think critically about the material they study. At AS level, the main focus is British politics and constitutional structures. Students look at how British politics works in practice including the role of the Houses of Commons and Lords and the Prime Minister.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Politics is an academically rigorous subject that is accepted by universities as a valuable AS Level. It combines well with other Humanities such as Law, History and Economics and will be a useful preparation for university level study of any of these subjects. It is relevant to a number of careers including Journalism, Politics, Law and International Relations. An AS Level in this subject indicates to a future employer or university that the student has the intellectual ability to understand the broader forces that shape society and is able to actively engage with them. 

Course Content


Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the Edexcel website

Politics AS  - 8PL0

AS Level

Component 1

Students will study:

● democracy and participation

● political parties

● electoral systems

● voting behaviour and the media.

  Component 2

Students will study:

● the constitution

● parliament

● Prime Minister and executive

● relationships between the branches