Provide your students with key advice for their exam preparation through this focused one-hour webinar on pressure groups for AQA A-level Politics.

This webinar includes a set of notes which will be sent in advance for teachers to use with their students, and which students will be able to use after the webinar to improve their exam revision.

This interactive webinar will provide your students with:

A specific focus on how to tackle the pressure groups topic:

  • Pressure group typologies
  • Assessing methods
  • Assessing factors determining success
  • Key examples
  • A framework for writing high quality essays


  • Access exam technique tips to support you in preparing to achieve the very best results
  • Gain in-depth understanding of one of the most popular topics in both Papers 1 and 2
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing excellent answers to Section A and C-style questions
  • Focus on top mark band requirements
  • Avoid common faults and mistakes
  • A set of revision resources that will be sent in advance of the course that you will be able to use immediately to support your independent studies


Introduction, welcome and sound check

How and why are pressure groups categorised? 

Insider / outsider (including core insider and peripheral insider, outsiders by necessity and by choice) and sectional / cause groups

How to assess the methods by pressure groups in both the UK and US

What are the different aims of groups who lobby the government and groups who use direct action?

How to assess the factors that determine success in both the UK and US

Does money play the key role in both countries?

Example questions and answers

  • Using knowledge and understanding effectively to answer different question types on Pressure Groups
  • Explore example responses: what differentiates A from A* thinking to an examiner

Are pressure groups good for democracy? Pluralism vs elitism

Final tips

Nick Axon

Nick Axon is a highly experienced Principal Examiner in A Level Politics for a major awarding body, and has contributed to Politics Review. 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 has developed resources for AQA since the development of the new specification.