Government & Politics
Few subjects are as central to our everyday lives as politics. It is about people and power, who has it and how they use it. Politics focuses on studying modern society and the relationships between people, political systems and political ideas.
If you want to understand how our nation works, how UK politics is different to the politics of the USA and how we might improve our community and country, then Government and Politics is the course for you.
Duration: Two years
Start date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form
Developing a wide range of transferrable skills such as researching and analysing information, argument and evaluation, we consider important concepts such as democracy, power and influence. We will analyse how the UK parliament and government works, and why some are now calling for big changes to the current political system. We will also examine key political beliefs such as Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism that have shaped the UK political system and the impact of newer ideas such as Environmentalism. We also explore a comparative topic, looking at the USA political system in detail, as a contrast to the UK.
In true politician style, we will hold regular class and group discussions, debates, alongside written analysis and essay work. The contemporary nature of politics means that we will not rely solely on the use of textbooks; you will be expected to research a good deal of material independently via the internet or newspapers. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a vibrant student-led politics society which meet to discuss and debate the latest developments.
This course is assessed by 100% written examination, no coursework. For the full A-level you will sit three examination papers at the end of two years. For AS level you will sit two papers.
Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work.
The list of potential careers this course can open up to you is extensive. Students with politics as one of their A-levels have often followed career paths such as business and commerce, journalism and the media, teaching, local government, finance, public sector and private sector administration, human resources…the list is vast. Also, what is stopping you aiming for a career in national politics itself?
- Studying politics allows you to understand your rights as a citizen and to have an informed say in the political decisions made by government and parliament
- You will be able to speak, develop and argue your points confidently – and accurately weigh up and assess the views of others
- You will also get the opportunity to attend political conferences/debates where they occur locally, and where possible we organise visits to major political venues such as the Houses of Parliament.