Welcome to Politics

The study of Politics is now more relevant than ever. The last five years has seen major shifts in power and conflict between the branches in our political system, as well as challenges to the traditional outcomes of voting behaviour. If you are interested in what is happening in the news and have lost of questions, then this could be the subject for you.

Martha Gellhorn 1908-1998

People often say, with pride, 'I'm not interested in politics.' They might as well say, 'I'm not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future.' ... If we mean to keep any control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics.

John Locke 1632-1704

To understand political power aright, and derive it from its

original, we must consider what estate all men are naturally in,

and that is, a state of perfect freedom

What do you need to study Politics at AS and A2 Level?

You need to be able to think, discuss, argue and write eloquently and at length - therefore you require at least grade ‘B’ in GCSE English to study this course. It is also important that you should have a lively and inquiring mind, an interest in politics and current affairs, a desire to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your opinions effectively. We will study the nature of democracy, the outcome of recent elections, the power of Parliament, the role and importance of Prime Minister, the significance of the Human Rights Act and the UK's unusual constitution as well as many other topics

Teaching and learning styles

This subject is one that requires students to constantly be in touch with current affairs in the news. Students will be required to take detailed notes from powerpoints and textbooks, watch current affairs and news programmes, prepare debates, analyse texts, take part in role plays, do presentations, as well as writing responses from short paragraphs to longer essays. Students will often use the internet and the library for research and be expected to email and use the Politics Department website. There will be a trip to Parliament and there may be the opportunity to attend conferences to hear top politicians speak. Students will also be encouraged to become active members of the school's Politics Society.

Further educational or potential career outcomes

Studying Politics at A level combines well with other humanities and social science courses, as well as many other A level combinations, to lead to university courses in such areas as business, economics, law, philosophy, the media and, of course, politics. It could lead to careers in politics, the Civil Service, law, marketing, research, journalism, banking or teaching, to name just a few.