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A Level Politics aims to develop students’ knowledge of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom and globally. This subject develops students’ critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes. Students will explore the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups and be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to
form arguments and make judgements. Above all this subject aims to develop an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.
Years 7 & 8
Politics is not taught in Year 7 & 8.
Politics is not taught in Year 9.
Years 10 & 11
Politics is not taught in Year 10 & 11.
Careers & Future Study
A Level Politics prepares students for future careers or further study in a number of ways. It develops skills such as organisation, research, analysis, evaluation, communication and debate. These skills are vital in many areas, such as law, politics, civil service, policing, social work, teaching, business, and many more.
Across the two years, students study UK Politics which explores four key themes; democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour and the media. As part of this unit students will also investigate the core political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. Alongside this, students will learn about UK Government which comprises of a study of the UK Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive and the relationship between the different branches of government. As part of this unit, students study a non-core political idea. In Year 13, students will learn about Global Politics. Students will develop a number of key skills; they will learn to debate, reach a sustained argument and question political information.
Link to spec - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Politics/2017/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/A-level-Politics-Specification.pdf
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Politics students may wish to develop their skills at Debate Club.
Subject Leader: Mrs E Seymour
Mr K Price