Politics is an engaging course offering insight into a wide range of contemporary issues of a domestic and global political nature. The knowledge and skills that you will develop throughout this course will equip you for a wide range of future studies in a broad spectrum of fields and also for a multitude of future careers. From politicians and civil servants to business leaders, lawyers and teachers, the ever-growing influence of politics and globalisation means that it is increasingly important to understand global and UK politics when entering the job market and in everyday life. This course is highly valued by higher education institutions as an academically rigorous subject with various transferable skills such as analysis, research, debating, public speaking, and critical thinking. As well as developing academic skills, you will also have the opportunity to visit The Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court to supplement your studies.
In Year 12, students study two modules; Politics and Government. Each side of the course equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to eloquently discuss current and diverse political issues.
In the Politics section on the course, students tackle questions facing current British politics such as, ‘why, if at all, is Britain facing a participation crisis?’ whilst also having the opportunity to evaluate different electoral systems, the influence of the media and studying different political parties and ideologies in depth. Students will study Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism and Feminism. In the Government side of the course, Students study the constitution, key features of Parliament, the role of the Prime Minister and the relations between branches.
In Year 13, students study global politics and have the opportunity to compare UK political structures and ideologies with a variety of systems from overseas. Students will look at concepts such as the effect of globalisation on a state and the far reaching effects of a global economy. Students will evaluate the effectiveness and purpose of globally governing structures such as the UN or the WTO as well as analysing structures such as the IMF and the World Bank. Students have the opportunity to explore how different power structures distribute and use resources focussing on global superpowers and military involvement in governments. Students discuss the world wide role and impact of human rights as well as evaluating the global position on climate change and the environment and tackling issues such as poverty.