Politics update - November 2017
Pearson has re-submitted its Politics specifications and sample assessment material to Ofqual for accreditation. We have made changes in response to their feedback received in September.
The latest draft materials are live on this website, and any changes are highlighted.
These materials are still draft and subject to change. Below is a summary of the key changes.
- The level of detail of the content has been reduced throughout, and wording amended, in order to align more fully with the Department for Education’s (DfE) subject content.
- Reductions in the number of key terms.
- For each political thinker, there are now two key ideas that must be studied. This will clarify and limit the scope of teaching and learning.
- The Comparative Politics content (USA and Global politics) have been restructured to ensure they are fully comparable:
- for USA, the Supreme Court and civil rights topics have been merged together
- for both options, the comparative theories content has been put into one whole section, section 6.
- For the AS papers, there are longer, more detailed sources for questions 2 and 3 to ensure the assessment objectives are fully met.
- As a result, the AS papers have been extended by 15 minutes to allow students sufficient time to read and process the sources (each AS paper is now 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- Extra instructions have been added to the questions to clarify expectations.
- For the A level papers 1 and 2, there are longer, more detailed sources for question 1. Students must compare the different viewpoints in the source when answering the question.
- For Paper 3, question 2 no longer requires students to use a source.
- There are now explicit requirements for students to demonstrate synoptic understanding in their answers, and this applies to the following questions:
- AS paper 2, question 4
- A level paper 2, question 2
- A level paper 3, USA, question 1 and 2
- A level paper 3, Global, question 2.
- Indicative content re-designed so AO1 knowledge and understanding is distinct from the AO2 analysis and AO3 evaluation.