Government & politics

The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.

Winston Churchill

Politics is available to study in the sixth form: you will not necessarily learn the art of fortune telling, but you will gain an insight into the varying systems of government, the ideological beliefs within them and the arguments surrounding them. 

This course involves a study of the political systems of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and it considers the role that ordinary people play within these structures. Students will learn about the key systems for governing, including the roles of parliament/congress, the Prime Minister/President and the judiciary. In addition the course introduces students to the ideologies that lie behind the systems of government that operate around the world. Further to the insight that comes from this knowledge and understanding, students will gain an understanding of the political institutions that affect our lives and will make comparisons between different governmental systems and beliefs.

The study of politics helps students to develop further their skills of analysis and critical thinking as well as gaining a greater understanding of the global society in which we live.

Politics is a versatile and exciting subject that never stands still.  The A level course will make a dynamic contribution to their overall sixth-form programme of study, as well as providing a pathway to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities.