This brand new course aims to provide a clear sense of how to help students develop those skills required for success in the UK Politics paper.

It also aims to look at ways to apply those skills in the teaching of specific topics and to help students avoid common mistakes. In addition, the course should help increase teachers’ confidence in applying the mark scheme by looking at a range of sample answers.


  • Gain feedback from the 20129 exams and a further depth of understanding of the  specification, including the different Assessment Objectives
  • Grades A and A* in UK Politics: what do they involve? What is the difference between them?
  • Take away real, practical strategies and approaches to how the UK Politics paper could be constructed
  • Reflect on the pros and cons of different approaches to schemes of work
  • Take away teaching ideas on a range of key topics
  • Discuss and mark sample answers
  • Develop resources that cover the content effectively and stretch the most able students

COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 2 July 2019

London | Thursday 4 November 2019

  • All Teachers of AQA A-level Politics
  • Teachers considering teaching AQA A-level Politics
  • Heads of Department
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Approaching UK Politics

  • How should the teaching of the UK Politics paper be structured?
  • How should the three Assessment Objectives be taught?
  • How should Politics be introduced to Year 12?

 11.00 – 11.20am

Discussion and coffee break

 11.20 – 12.30pm
Teaching and learning: UK Government

  • What fundamental concepts do students need to understand in UK Government?
  • Which aspects of UK Government do students commonly get wrong?
  • Case study: teaching the UK constitution

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

 1.30 – 2.30pm
Teaching and learning: UK Politics

  • What fundamental concepts do students need to understand in UK Politics?
  • Which aspects of UK Politics do students commonly get wrong?
  • Case study: teaching UK elections

 2.30 –  3.45pm
Driving up attainment & achieving the top grades in Politics

  • Integrating exam skills with teaching the UK Politics content
  • Approaches to 9-mark questions: including comparative theory questions
  • Successful Approaches to the 25-mark extract question: focused on UK parties – what examiners are looking for and how to instil this
  • Approaches to the 25-mark essay question: including comparative essays with examples from UK/US constitutions
  • Review and analyse example answers that demonstrate how students can meet the highest levels


Nick Axon

Nick Axon has taught A-level Politics since 2005. He was Head of Politics, then Head of History & Politics, at Cheadle Hulme School between 2009 and 2016, when he was appointed Head of Sixth Form. He was a Principal Examiner between 2012 and 2019, has contributed to Politics Review and has developed resources for AQA since the development of the new specification.

Teaching UK Politics