The study of Government and Politics at A level is an academically rigorous subject that will develop analytical skills as well as ability to write essays, formulate arguments and engage in debate. Students’ attitudes and opinions of the world around them will be challenged and they will be nurtured into developing their views of the world. Through the study of the British Political system students will gain a deep understanding of the society and structures of power within which they will live as adults. This includes the study of Parliament’s functions as well as law and the judiciary, analysis of pressure groups and the study and evaluation of the British constitution. Students will therefore be personally equipped to thrive in the next stages of life and develop them into active citizens who can inspire change and lead within their communities. Through the study of global politics and power structures students are encouraged to think critically about the most pressing challenges to mankind including climate change, conflict, human rights, poverty and global governance. Students will be forced to re-examine their world views, become independent thinkers and develop their empathy for citizens of the globe. Their study of Global Politics in year 13 will extend to analysing the power of states and the impact of the UN and other world organisations. The programme of study in Government and Politics will challenge and inspire students and ultimately lead them into a lifelong engagement with society and current affairs which is both personally fulfilling and conducive to building a generation capable of coping with the challenges and changes that will inevitably face them. The students of Government and Politics will gain the world view, analytical ability and depth of understanding that will truly set them apart in their future endeavours.
What does it feel like to be a student in the Government and Politics Department?
The study of Politics is a deeply enriching and rewarding experience. In the course of your study you will learn to question the world around you, think more deeply about the world and key global crises such as conflicts, human rights abuses, climate change and the causes of poverty. In the study of these topics you will develop empathy and knowledge of key global crises facing the international community. You will learn about the current political parties as well as studying the philosophical ideologies behind them which will give you a deeper understanding of your own political identity and thus develop your own original and unique beliefs. The complex nature of British Politics will give you an insight into our rich history and unique traditions and political processes.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in extra- curricular learning including visiting Parliament and the Supreme Courts, taking part in Model UN competitions and running mock elections in school. Students of politics also enjoy writing articles on political issues to submit to our termly Social Sciences magazine in school. We have also had the opportunity for students to travel to New York and Washington to take part in the Global Young Leaders competition which is an incredibly inspiring and competitive international event.
The study of Politics demands a commitment to keeping up with current affairs which will help develop your understanding of the world and of accessing news which will set you on a path for life-long learning and reading. The key skills in Politics include the development of your ability to debate and analyse conflicting viewpoints which will force you to engage with others with opposing views and encourage resilience as well as the ability to reflect and adapt. The focus on debate and current affairs means students of Politics will experience lessons that are thought provoking and engaging. The emphasis on reading, debate and analysis of political philosophy are academically rigorous and will prepare you well for undergraduate study. Many students of Politics have gone on to study at Oxbridge, Warwick, York and many more Russell Group establishments, with many opting for pursuing the study or Politics, courses in International Relations or PPE. Overall, you will leave the course with a greater understanding of the world and of your position within it.