Government and Politics

Government and Politics is a popular choice and is offered only at A-level as a two-year course.

The course provides students with an understanding of the modern and evolving political environment in the UK and the USA alongside key political ideologies that have shaped our world. Students will study the following units:

Component 1: UK Politics (including political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour) and Core Political Ideas (conservatism, liberalism socialism)
Component 2: UK Government (including the constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Non-core Political Ideas (feminism)
Component 3: Comparative Politics (US Government and Politics – including the constitution, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court)

We follow the Edexcel specification and assessment is taken at the end of the two years of study.

The department is very active in creating dynamic learning opportunities outside of the curriculum. Mr Wakeham was a policy advisor in Whitehall before training as a teacher and his pupils benefit from his unique insight into the inner workings of Government. Highlights include a visit to Parliament and a Q&A session at the school with our local MP, Maria Caulfield with further opportunities are planned for this next academic year.

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