This brand new course provides clear guidance on teaching A-level Politics that will enable those starting off teaching A level Politics to confidently teach A-Level Politics. The course is designed for both specialist teachers of other subject areas who are starting, or who have recently started, teaching A level Politics, and those who are starting teaching A level Politics for the first time, or those looking to introduce the subject at 6th form level.

Led by our highly experienced A Level Politics expert, the course will explore the key fundamentals of structuring, planning and teaching A Level Politics well. Emphasis will be placed on key challenging fundamentals, concepts and models that students need to understand to succeed at A level Politics.  Teachers will receive a range of new approaches, methods and examples for successful teaching along with expert guidance to take you through the whole course.

Although demonstration and examples will be drawn primarily from AQA, the course will be of benefit to teachers of all examination boards.


  • Gain strategies on how to plan the course and manage the content in a two-year course; What level of depth is appropriate?
  • Learn how to ensure students keep up with political developments in the UK and US and how to apply them to their existing understanding
  • Develop a confident understanding of the assessment objectives and mark schemes to develop the skills student need
  • Learn how to master the examination and essay writing in A level Politics
  • Gain the latest teaching ideas and approaches for A-level Politics
  • Analyse a range of sample answers to understand the standard and how students can achieve it
COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 2 July 2019
London | Thursday 17 October 2019
  • All teachers of 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
Planning the course and delivering the content effectively

  • Teaching the A Level Politics specification: how should the course be structured to best support students’ learning?
  • Managing the content: how can it fit into a two-year course? What level of depth is appropriate?
  • Teaching Politics in an era of rapid change: how can students keep up with developments in the UK and US, and apply them to their existing understanding?
  • Approaches to teaching Political Ideas

11.00 – 11.15am


11.15– 12.15pm: Understanding the assessment objectives and mark schemes

  • Developing the skills required for AO1 (knowledge and understanding)
  • Developing the skills required for AO2 (analysis): teaching approaches and techniques to stretch students
  • Teaching and extending AO3 skills (evaluation) for high quality responses
  • Understanding the mark scheme: what are the requirements of Levels 3-5?
  • What skills should students have developed by the end of Year 12?

12.15 – 1.15pm

1.15– 2.30pm
Developing effective study habits for  A level Politics

  • Managing the transition from GCSE: tactics for teaching UK constitution and UK elections in the first half-term
  • Tactics for encouraging effective reading, note-taking and planning: case study of a US elections essay
  • Giving feedback and ensuring Politics students act on it
  • Effective interventions for students who are not on track

2.30 – 3.45pm
Mastering the examination and e
ssay writing at A-level

  • Integrating exam skills with teaching the Politics content
  • Approaches to 9-mark questions: including comparative theory questions
  • Successful Approaches to the 25-mark extract question: focused on UK parties and US elections – 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
  • The key qualities of a good essay for A level Politics
  • Review and analyse example answers that demonstrate how students can meet the highest levels

3.45pm: Questions and discussion

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

Teaching A-level Politics