Curriculum » Politics
The Politics Department is a long-established department with a strong track record of excellence.
Politics is offered as an A Level for students in Year 12 and Year 13.
The department places a high value on developing students who are able to critically analyse and evaluate the political systems that surround them and to present these views in a coherent and appropriate manner. We have high expectations for both members of staff but also of those students who elect to study Politics.
The priorities of the department are:
1. To ensure that all students of Politics receive an outstanding education
2. To ensure that all students are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential
3. To support Politics students to become independent learners who take a real pride in their learning in the course
We currently study the Edexcel/Pearson A-Level Specification.
For this specification, students sit 3 two hour examinations and there is no coursework. Each examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade.
The content of the examinations are as follows:
Component One UK Politics: Political participation (democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media). Core political ideas (conservatism, socialism and liberalism).
Component Two: UK Government: UK Government (the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and the executive, relationships between the branches) and one non-core political idea (anarchism).
Component Three: USA Comparative Politics: US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and Civil Rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories.
Students’ study of the course is augmented by guest speakers where possible and visits to the UK Parliament, Supreme Court and previously the European Union.
The Politics department Teaching Staff are: