Politics

Introduction

We study how the British political system works. This includes the role and powers of the Priminister and Government, Parliament, the law, pressure groups and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. We then compare it to the American Political System. We also examine the ideas of Conservatism, socialism, Liberalism and Nationalism a examine why people believe what they believe.


Key Stage 3

Politics is not taught at Key Stage 3


Key Stage 4

Politics is not taught at Key Stage 4


Key Stage 5

AQA A-Level Politics

We start Year 12 by examining the British Constitution (the rules governing how Britain is run). We follow this up by examining Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Judiciary. What do they do? What are their powers? We then look at referendums, elections and devolution before examining Britain’s relations with the EU and the role of Political Parties and Pressure Groups.

We follow this up with a comparison of British and US Politics, looking at the US Constitution, President, Congress, the Supreme Court, Civil Rights and US parties and pressure groups. We also examine Political ideologies – the battle for ideas.

Our students study the core ideas of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Nationalism and ask themselves why do people believe what they believe, and how can different political stances be justified.

Specification

AQA A-Level Politics


  • The law, politics, government, local government, management positions, the civil service.
  • Any job that requires people to think, to analyse systems, to understand why people behave the way they do
  • A room in the Sixth Form block with computer and projector and two display boards.
  • Two knowledgeable and enthusiastic members of staff.
  • A full set of the latest textbooks written for the exam and approved by the exam board.
  • A host of books available for wider reading.
  • Our pupils consistently achieve good results at A-Level.
  • We are a high achieving department with the highest of expectations of our pupils, where every pupil is pushed to fulfil their potential

Mr G Howell (Subject Leader)
Mr A Brennan (Classroom Teacher)


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