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Government and Politics

Head of Department: Miss L Merricks

Teachers: Mr A Hammond, Mr S Rockell

Government and Politics (A Level) is a highly successful department, which has consistently produced excellent results. As a department we believe that this success is built upon a love of the subject, which we attempt to nurture by encouraging enquiry in a supportive atmosphere. Wider reading and engagement with the subject is key, so the department is well resourced. In lessons, active engagement is encouraged, as is the airing and debating of different viewpoints and perspectives. The course is most fun when the students challenge each other in an atmosphere of polite but robust and informed enquiry. [updated November 2019]

Co-curricular activities

  • Trips to Parliament
  • Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA)
  • Current affairs debate club
'Any man who says they are not interested in politics is
like a drowning man who insists he is not interested in water.' Mahatma Gandhi

A Level: Years 12 and 13

Exam board: AQA

Entry requirement: A GCSE grade 6 in a humanities subject

 

Course content

The specification requires in-depth study of UK and US government and politics. Comparisons across the two political systems are required in the topic entitled 'Comparative Politics'. Students will be required to identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics. This will ensure that students develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes. The three broad areas are as follows:

  1. Government and politics of the UK
  2. Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics
  3. Political ideas

Examination outline

Paper 1:

Government and politics of the UK

2 hours: 33.3%

Paper 2:

Government and politics of the USA

Comparative politics

2 hours: 33.3%

Paper 3:

Political ideas

2 hours: 33.3%

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Careers Education

  • The department subscribes to Politics Review magazine, which has articles students can reference on courses and studying Politics at university.
  • The department provides extensive further reading lists with a view to impressing university entrance officers.
  • Guest speakers have come in and discussed their roles, e.g. MPs and government ministers, as well as political writers/authors. This gives an insight into what such careers involve and the pathways into them.
  • We will discuss a range of roles relevant to the course e.g. MPs, civil servants, lawyers and judges, MEPs, lobbyists, public relations, journalism and media, NGOs, union delegates, special advisors, think tanks and their links to other institutions such as universities. We consider university paths into several of these; party membership, civil service fast track, internships and voluntary work etc. We encourage membership of political parties and attendance at party-organised events and talks, and membership of party-affiliated groups.