Government and Politics fosters debate and lateral thinking which not only create success at A Level, but also well rounded students who are prepared for the challenge of university.
Due to the dynamic nature of the subject, students are encouraged to become involved in political events. Additionally, the department organises a visit to the Houses of Parliament and areas of political interest in London. To complement this our constituency Member of Parliament visits school to enlighten students about the intricacies of the Westminster Village and its incumbents.
In year 12 you will gain an overview of the political and electoral systems in the UK, developing a strong understanding of how our system works, as well as evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of these processes. You will also explore the origins of our Constitution and key institutions such as the role of the Cabinet, Lords and the Judiciary. “Why people vote in the way that they do” is also a key question that we cover in year 12 and you will be expected to refer to recent events such as the 2015 General Election, the 2014 Scottish Referendum for independence and, most recently, the EU Referendum to explain your views. You will also study political ideologies across both years.
In the second half of the course you will study the Politics of the USA and identify similarities and differences between our system and the one in the States. You will research and investigate the role of pressure groups in American society, as well as the important roles of the President, Congress and the Supreme Court.
If you opt to study A Level Government and Politics you must have a keen interest in current affairs and follow political developments as they arise. You will be expected to read a high quality newspaper on a regular basis, watch BBC or Channel 4 news, as well as other political programmes such as News Night, Question Time and The Politics Show. In addition, students should engage with social media in order to track politicians’ views and keep abreast of new announcements. Debate and discussion are key features of Government and Politics lessons so it is important that you are fully informed so that you engage appropriately in your lessons.
To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.
For new subjects not previously studied at GCSE, for example; Government and Politics, Psychology and Sociology you must have achieved a Grade 5 in English Language.
Future Study and Career Opportunities
This course can lead to Higher Education opportunities in Politics and International Relations and will open the doors to a variety of careers including those within the Civil Service, Human Resources, Diplomatic Services, Public Affairs and Market Research.