Online | Tuesday 15 June 2021


This course will bring together teachers working with the new specification with experienced teachers and examiners of Politics to analyse, share and discuss ideas focussing on the delivery of the theoretical and comparative elements of the Pearson Edexcel A-level Politics. The course will demonstrate how to ensure student progress to the highest levels in each of the key areas of the specification.

Led by a highly experienced and respected practitioner and author, this course will enable teachers of Pearson A level Politics to develop new approaches that enable successful and independent Politics students to stand out in the examinations.


  • Gain feedback on the 2019 exam and how students have performed in the Pearson Edexcel A-level Politics spec exam
  • Extend your subject knowledge on comparative politics and political theory
  • Take away new ideas on introducing students to the concepts involved in these areas of the specification.
  • Heads of Humanities
  • Heads of Government & Politics
  • All Teachers of Pearson/Edexcel A-level Politics
  • Teachers considering teaching Pearson/Edexcel A-level Politics
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
Feedback from 2019 and the challenges of the specification

  • How have students performed: feedback from the examinations and what examiners are looking for at the top levels
  • Challenges and solutions: teaching solutions to the increased content within the specification
  • Strategies to consider linearity and teaching the new content to enable students to stand out

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.00pm
New approaches to teaching Component 1

  • How much history is required? What do examiners expect to see in written answers?
  • Delivery methods which create engagement and high performance
  • How is it linked to the present? Ensuring students can use examples well in their examinations
  • Analysing answers to Component 1 to determine what differentiates high level responses

12.00 – 1.00pm
Teaching Political Theory

  • What does political theory cover – going beyond the obvious for high level responses
  • Making political theories relevant: how best to introduce and teach the detailed content to students
  • Exam technique that works: how should students explain and utilise political theories in Component 2 answers

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
Success in teaching Component 3

  • How is comparative politics addressed in the specification?
  • Making comparisons that are worth high marks: teaching the key techniques
  • Comparing exam responses to move students up the grade boundaries

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Teaching the key exam techniques for success

  • What does the board expect? Preparing students for the specifics of the Pearson exams
  • Topics and concepts where students struggle
  • How should students revise to best utilise their knowledge of the Politics specification?


Dr Matt Cole

Matt has thirty years’ experience teaching A level Politics, covering all areas of the specification. He has also taught relevant modules of undergraduate programmes for the University of Birmingham, the Open University and the Hansard Society. He has commented on political affairs for the BBC since 1992, and written for Politics Review, Talking Politics and Parliamentary Affairs.