Why choose Politics?
“Politics is too important to be left solely in the hands of politicians”
“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaigning funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other”
Studying Politics will give you a greater awareness of contemporary issues and an understanding of the decisions that affect our lives and how and why they are taken. Politics also helps you develop critical, analytical and oral skills, and gives an insight into issues of power and influence, where these lie and who has these in the UK and the world at large.
Politics links well with many other subjects, particularly History, Law, Sociology, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, Classical Civilisation and Economics.
Resources and Facilities
- A wide-ranging selection of books and journals in the
- Learning Resources Centre
- Many audio and visual materials
- TV and IT facilities in each room
Teaching and Learning Styles
- Discussion and debates
- Students are expected to read newspaper articles and watch relevant TV programmes to develop their political awareness
- Visit to the Houses of Parliament
- Politics conferences featuring leading politicians
- Visits from guest speakers
In Year 1 the course will focus on British politics and two ideologies, Liberalism and Conservatism. In Year 2 the course focuses on two more ideologies and the government and politics of the USA. The A Level will be assessed by external exams.
Many students go on to study Politics at degree level, either as single honours or in conjunction with related subjects such as History, Law, Philosophy, Economics or Sociology. European Studies is also a popular option, combining Politics with one or more European Languages. A Level Politics is a well-respected qualification and is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in the Law, Journalism and Media, the Civil Service and Social Services.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Politics||4||Willingness to develop and maintain knowledge of current affairs. Ability to think critically about personal political opinions and those of others.||Optional trip to Houses of Parliament – approx. £20.|