Government & Politics
The politics department believes in the importance of political literacy. It is the knowledge of political processes and our ability to critically assess the arguments that allow us to access and participate in our democracy.
In A Level Politics, students will develop an understanding of the role politics plays in relation to current local, national, and global issues, as well as studying key thinkers and political ideas.
Key Stage 5: Edexcel (9PL0)
Political participation and core political ideas
YEAR 12: Students explore the individual in the political process and their relationship with the state and their fellow citizens. This includes,
- Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour and the media, conservatism, liberalism and socialism.
- UK government and non-core political ideas
Students explore the three traditional political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. This includes:
- The constitution, parliament, the prime minister and relations between institutions.
- One idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
Y13: THE USA- COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Students explore the US Constitution, the three branches of government, interaction between them, and make comparisons between these and their counterparts in the UK. This includes,
- The US constitution and federalism,
- US presidency,
- the Supreme Court and civil rights,
- democracy and participation, and
- comparative approaches.