Democracy thrives when there is a high level of public engagement and political participation. In Government and Politics, students are able to formulate their own views of contemporary political developments and to debate these in lessons. By developing their understanding of the workings of political institutions, as well as the ways in which people take part in political processes, the study of Government and Politics promotes good citizenship, equipping our students to help to maintain a vigorous democracy.
Both the UK and US political systems are studied during the two-year course, which allows students to draw conclusions about the relative merits of each, and the democratic political process as a whole. The content is grounded in contemporary politics, with the best example material often being the most recent. Topics at AS Level include the extent of Prime Ministerial power, the effectiveness of Parliament, and the growing importance of pressure groups, whilst at A2 Level the powers of the President, the US Supreme Court and the nature of US elections are examined. The subject is a popular option in the Sixth form, with many students opting to pursue a related degree course at university.
You can view the details of our A Level course in the Sixth Form Academic Programme 2018-2020.