Sixth Form

Politics A Level

Politics is the study of power. Who gets what, why and how? There is no better time to be thinking about this, with all the changes taking place in the way we are governed nationally and internationally. Who really holds the power to make policy? Does our electoral system create the strongest governments? Are referendums the most democratic way to make decisions?

You will cover a broad range of topics and develop skills including critical analysis, problem solving and debate. You will analyse the politics of the UK and USA and explore the foundations of political thought, looking at liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism and feminism. For those wanting to take the course further to degree level, we offer an extension course in International Relations.

In addition to study groups, independent study and group discussions, we encourage you to join our Current Affairs Club and Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) Group. Alternatively, you can get involved in one of our Model United Nations days or participate in our annual trip to the Houses of Parliament. We also run a trip to Washington and New York with the Economics Department. Here students get to explore the sites and institutions of American Democracy.

Assessment is by three exams containing short answer, source based and essay questions.

Our Politics Department will help equip you with a political literacy and confidence to question and shape the challenges of the international world. They share their experiences of working in Parliament, at the International Labour Organization in Geneva and with charities such as Oxfam and Save the Children to help students develop a mastery in the subject.

Examination board: AQA

Where could this course take you?

Politics can be taken as a joint degree with subjects like History, Philosophy, Economics or Business, or as part of a combined Social Science degree. In addition, Politics is a good A Level for those wanting to follow international relations, public policy, American studies or international development.