The Politics A-level curriculum examines British politics, US politics and the key political ideologies, meaning our students will have a sound knowledge of political systems as well as the theories underpinning it. Students will understand the nature of the political systems, how they have developed and be able to judge their effectiveness and fairness in the 21st century.
Politics students will develop their own political opinions and be able to form conclusions on past and current events. This course offers exciting opportunities for debate and demands clear, analytical and evaluative thinking. The aims are:
- To provide students with knowledge of the processes and practices of Government in the UK and put it into context by comparison with the Government of the USA.
- To explain the roles of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament and allow students to understand the way that lawmaking is carried out.
- To root current political ideas within a tradition of ideological debate.
- To develop students’ skills of argument and explanation in areas where debate and communication are important.
Grouping and Setting
Politics is only taught at Key Stage 5. All groups are mixed ability.
Students complete regular and varied assessments. Many of these are past paper examination questions but students are also assessed on their contribution to class discussion, analysis and evaluation skills and knowledge quizzes.
Politics offers a wide range of extra curricula opportunities including virtual meets and discussions with MPs and other elected representatives, tour of Houses of Parliament, debate clubs and hosting a range of external speakers to enrich students understanding of the subject.