Ever wondered what the typical A Level Politics Grade Boundaries are? We’ve written this blog post to help you identify what marks you need to achieve your target grades. We are able to use the results and grade boundaries to help improve the results of future students by focusing on specific areas of the course.

Student Attainment

2020 2019 Politics Grade Boundaries

A comparison of the boundaries allows us to see a general increase in the proportion of students gaining the top A* grade across both exam boards, however achievement at other grades is generally lower for AQA from A to E.

For Edexcel, grades have increased significantly between the 2019 and 2020 exams across the board, including a 9% rise in A grades and 8% rise in B grades.

Grade Boundaries

October 2020 Grade Boundaries
June 2019 Grade Boundaries

In the above data sets, the exam board label is the overall grade boundary for that set of exams, and the papers indicate the grade boundaries for each individual paper.

Download the above data as an Excel spreadsheet here.

You can find the archive of grade boundaries here for AQA and Edexcel.

AQA: the worst-performing paper was US Government and Politics (Paper 2). UK Government and Politics (Paper 1) has become the best-performing of the three papers, overtaking Political Ideas (Paper 3). Overall grade boundaries are down roughly 3% across the board compared with 2019.

Edexcel: Global Politics continues to be the toughest route taken, however, its increase in grade boundary has reduced slightly over last year. Paper 2 is the best performing of the two UK papers. Overall grade boundaries are roughly 5% lower across the board compared with 2019.

It’s important to remember that A Level Politics grade boundaries fluctuate every year, and there is no defined percentage for each grade. Where there are more tough papers, grade boundaries may be lowered, and they may be raised where a cohort find a particular paper easier.