‘The thing to remember about the will of the people is, it isn’t that long since we were swept away by the Macarena’

What is politics to me?

  • Climate Change
  • ID Cards
  • Knife Crime
  • World Peace
  • London Bombings 7/7
  • Jean-Charles de Menezes
  • Legalising drugs
  • Who is in charge of my life?

Should I know about Politics before studying it?
The course assumes no prior knowledge, simply an interest in the subject and a willingness to work and to keep an eye on contemporary developments. For the latter is important to scan a broadsheet newspaper daily, look out for relevant TV programmes, as well as checking out the journals and weeklies such as The Spectator or The Economist. In order to do well at Politics, students must enjoy thinking creatively both orally and on paper and be up to date with current events.

A Level Politics Course
Strong academic record, achieving over 80% A/B record on average since it began in the school.

What you will learn about:
UK, European and American political systems; Why some people want to make guns legal, who are Greenpeace and how Obama became president, What does a Trade Union do for me;

Key skills:
Construction of argument, independent learning, political analysis Extra-curricular and extra-mural opportunities: Trip to Washington/New York; Westminster; TV stations; Guest Speakers – Local and National Politicians of major Political Parties and Commentators. Previously, Politics students have been on Radio, hosted public meetings, gone to Channel 4, done work experience for major political parties.

What choices does an A Level in Politics give me at University and beyond?
A foundation in Politics would be an advantage in careers in journalism, law, lobbying, finance andcivil service. Employers recognise and reward the ability to think critically, which you will gain in Politics. There aren’t any grade requirements, but typically a B or above in English, History or Geography would be advantageous.

Exam board

Mrs F Gunning
Head of History and Politics