10 Brilliant UK Politics Resources for Students


Leading up to A-Level UK Politics exams, we’ve put together the best resources for boosting you/your students’ revision and notes. A successful candidate will not only be give an example, but explain why it is applicable and show vital understanding in the process. So often examiners spend only a brief period of time skimming through a script. Sign-posting an answer with great examples and insights is thus vital.

*A star donates stellar content that ambitious candidates should be reading every day.

1. BBC Politics*:

You can’t really beat the Beeb. They cover every aspect of UK Pol, but their analysis is also fantastic. Vital for the lead up to the election and focus on parties. Gold-dust.

2. Radio 4 Today Programme*:

Even if getting up between 6 and 9am each morning isn’t your thing, listen back to the show on iPlayer Radio every weekday (and Saturday too – whoop!). I cannot stress enough how good this programme is for making you aware of everything going on in the political world. For instance, on Sat 28th’s show, they had an in-depth piece about Private Member Bills (a lesser known element of the AS Unit 2 syllabus). Also look out for A Week in Westminster on the same station.

3. UCL Constitution Unit:

Granted this is a bit dense for A-Level students, but it is full of outstanding analysis. If you’re looking to add some insights that will put you in the running for 100 UMS or a very high A grade, reading a few of their articles is essential. Look out for Profs Robert Hazell and Megan Russell.

4. Hansard Society:

They chronicle every event in Parliament. They also produce wonderful research reports. Many a pithy quote has been found and used in our revision.

5. Newspapers:

Keeping up to note with the news is essential for getting any decent grade in Politics. Reading a physical or digital copy online should be part of your morning routine. Recommended: Telegraph, Guardian, Times, FT.

6. Twitter*:

If you want Politics news delivered to your phone at the click of a button, then start following some great accounts on twitter. Here’s our favourites.

History of Parliament (@HistParl)
Patrick Dunleavy (@PJDunleavy)
Tim Bale (@ProfTimBale)
May 2015 (@May2015NS)
Neil McNaughton (@NeilMcNaughton)
Tiffin Politics (@TiffinPolitics)
Democratic Audit (@DemocraticAudit)
Oxford Politics and IR (@Politics_Oxford)
Phillip Cowley (@philipjcowley)
Ben Page- Ipsos Mori (@benatipsosmori)
Politics in Spires (@PoliticsinSpire)
Faisal Islam (@FaisalIslam)
Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn)
LSE Constitution UK (@ConstitutionUK)
PoliticsHome (@PoliticsHome)
#Politics (@HashtagPol) [of course]

7. Total Politics .com

I really like this one. The tone is more lighthearted than most, but it provides a welcome sense of perspective.

8. Blogs:

For a more opinionated take on political events, read blog posts. These ones below are well-researched and enjoyable to read. 

Guido Fawkes
LSE Europp
LSE Politics and Policy
Conservative Home
Left Foot Forward

9. Democratic Dashboard*:

Run by the LSE, this is the best place to find out what’s going on in your constituency. Its pregnant with glorious stats.. Nothing better than a great stat to illustrate your point in an essay.

10. Politics.co.uk

A very good, impartial site for news, comment and up to date information

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10 Brilliant UK Politics Resources for Students

Top 10 A-Level Economics Resources

Leading up to A-Level exams, we’ve put together our best resources for boosting you/your students’ revision and notes. Contextualisation is vital to Economics exam success. For instance, we know of one student who absorbed every resource they could and wrote down the most relevant bits in a news diary. Top marks duly followed. Ready to get top marks? Here are our top 10 resources….

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1. BBC Business*: The best site for up-to-date UK and world economic news. Their ‘Business Live’ Page each morning is also excellent, with lots of up to date stats. Linda Yueh is particularly good for all things Asia related for those doing A2 Macro. Simon Gompertz is very good too.

2. Radio 4 Today Programme*: Even if getting up between 6 and 9am daily isn’t your thing, listen back to the show on iPlayer Radio every weekday (and Saturday too – whoop!). There’s always so much applied content and analysis from the Micro and Macro syllabus.

3. The Financial Times (FT)*: The highest quality news and analysis. Both the breadth and depth of its analyses and reporting is so good for making your long answers/essays shine. Look out for John Authers’ ‘Note’ videos on the FT website. Martin Wolf’s pieces are essential too.

4. The Enlightenment Economics Blog: This is more for those who want to add some of ground-breaking theory into their essays to nail an A/A* grade. Diane Coyle authors this brilliant blog. She seemingly reads every Economics book going, digests them and writes her own neat opinion/summary. Thanks to her, we know about so many more books than we otherwise would have ever been able to read – Thank you Diane!

5. Ian Stewart, Deloitte Weekly Round-Up*: Every Monday morning, Mr Stewart rounds-up all the major Economics news from the previous week and produces an in-depth report on a particular area of interest. All in brilliantly digestible bullet point format and delivered straight to your inbox. Can’t beat it.

6. Twitter: If you want Economics news delivered to your phone at the click of a button, then start following some great accounts on twitter. Some of our personal favourites are Dan Ariely (@DanAriely), Mo Tanweer (@MoTanweer), Phillip Legrain (@Plegrain), Ninja Economics (@NinjaEconomics), James Bennett (@JamesRBennett), Frances Coppola (@Frances_Coppola), Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland), OBR (@OBR_UK), Trading Economics (@tEconomics) and our own, #Economics (@HashtagEcon).

7. The Economist: If you want the quality and breadth of the FT but from a more considered perspective, read this weekly magazine. Brilliant articles packed full of great stats, analysis and interesting angles.

8. The Mainly Macro Blog: Written by Oxford professor Simon Wren-Lewis, this blog is full of excellent insights from one of the leading macro academics in the country.

9. More or Less: Radio 4, by Tim Harford: Not strictly Economics related, but its full of stats and encourages the sort of enquiring an Economist needs. Stats capture trends and importantly, ideas. Finding the right ideas is the sign of a good Economist, putting aside corollaries and focusing on causation in the process. Master this skill before you sit the exam!

10. Tutor2u: Arguably the most popular Economics resource available. Lots of very decent content, notes and up-to-date stats.

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Top 10 A-Level Economics Resources