Online | Thursday 18 March 2021
Online | Thursday 17 June 2021


This course aims to provide a clear sense of how to help students develop those skills required for success in the US and Comparative 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 a detailed understanding of the requirements of the specification, including the different Assessment Objectives
  • 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

  • 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 US & Comparative Politics

  • How should the teaching of the US & Comparative paper be structured?
  • How do the three Assessment Objectives apply to comparative politics?

11.00 – 11.20am

11.20 – 12.30pm
Teaching and Learning: US Politics

  • How do students understand US Politics from a truly American perspective?
  • Which aspects of US Politics do students commonly get wrong?
  • Case Study: teaching US elections

12.30 – 1.30pm

1.30 – 2.30pm
Teaching and Learning: Comparative Politics

  • How should the comparative element be structured?
  • Teaching the three comparative theories
  • Case Study: teaching comparative pressure groups

2.30 – 4.00pm
Driving up attainment & achieving the top grades in Politics

  • Writing comparative essays at Level 5
  • Preparing for the exam: revision strategies inside the classroom
  • Reviewing example answers from across the mark range

3.45 / 4.00pm

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.