Why Study Politics?

‘I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians’.

Studying Politics will develop your awareness of contemporary issues and understanding of the decisions that affect your life and those around you. It will allow you to consider how and why decisions are taken on a local, national and international level.

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 wider world.

In Year 1, students study British Politics looking at its key institutions, issues and ideas. In Year 2, students study American Government and Politics. Students then focus on the ideas of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and either Nationalism or Anarchism.

Why Study Politics at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Politics is taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team of subject specialists. It links well with many other subjects available at College, particularly History, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Ethics & Religion, Classical Civilisation, Geography, Economics and Criminology. In the past, Politics students have visited the Houses of Parliament and conferences featuring leading politicians of the day. Politics students also participate in local politics with visits from local politicians, election hustings and delivering the College’s mock elections.

Progression Opportunities

A Level Politics is a well-regarded subject by all universities. It is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in Law, the Civil Service, Local Government and Politics, Teaching or the Social Services. Many students go on to pursue the subject at degree level and beyond.

Recently, one student went to Oxford University to study History and Politics and a number of students have gone on to study Politics and International Relations at Russell Group universities.

Politics Bella Barkas

Bella Barkas

Politics - Bishop Perowne CE College
I initially chose to study Politics because I have been interested in it ever since the controversial 2016 Presidential election in the US. The other subjects that I take are Modern History and English Language. History combines well with Politics as they both consider the political history of various countries. I enjoy studying Politics as it helps me to understand the way governments work and why politicians act the way they do. For enrichment activities, I did an EPQ where I looked people’s views on feminism, which links well to the subject I want to study at the University of Sussex next year: Politics and International Relations. This will help broaden my political knowledge and further me in having a career in politics.

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
Politics4Willingness 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.

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