Learning & Achieving Together

Government and Politics

The Government and Politics department aims to provide a holistic approach to teaching that will facilitate students' learning and development in the understanding of how we are governed.

We encourage students to develop skills to enable them to critically analyse the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. We are committed to encouraging students to be effective citizens who aspire to become active participants in government and politics.

Key Stage 5

AS and A2 Government and Politics

This course gives students the knowledge to understand how government works, particularly in the UK, but also in other countries. In the first year students will study how people participate in politics, and how the UK government works. In the second year they will specialise in subjects such as political ideologies. Students will learn about undertaking research, gain a deeper understanding of governments and find out about careers in politics.

The course is divided into four units:

AS level

  • Unit 1: People and Politics
  • Unit 2: Governing the UK

A2 level

Students study two units taken from the following:

  • Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis: Introducing Political Ideology
  • Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis: Other Ideological Traditions

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

This course is assessed by examination only. All units are assessed through examination taken during the June examination session.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra Curricular activities include trips to the Houses of Parliament and attending political debates, seminars and conferences.