G&P

POLITICS

POLITICS OVERVIEW

This course is an excellent way of learning to understand the modern world. The study of British and global issues offers the students an insight into some of the most important forces that shape all our lives.

This summer, 67% of our Politics students achieved A-B grades, 25 percentage points higher than the proportion of Edexcel students achieving these grades nationally.

Our students are politically engaged and interested in current affairs. They have held mock elections in school and are passionate debaters! We use a wide range of methods to enhance students’ awareness of recent changes, including TV and radio broadcasts, newspaper articles and policy papers.

From 2017 we are excited to be offering the new linear Politics A level. The Edexcel specification will allow pupils to explore UK politics in greater depth, including the role of the media in influencing election outcomes, and case studies of specific UK elections. The A level will also include a new component on politics in the USA, allowing students to make comparisons between the UK and US systems.

STUDENT PROFILE

Government and Politics would suit students who are interested in current affairs, and who want to know more about the ideas and structures underlying events. Students must be willing to keep up with the news, and to think about how their subject is evolving.

OTHER SUBJECT COMBINATIONS

This A level would work well with other arts subjects such as English and History. It may also help to diversify a more science-based set of subjects.

POTENTIAL DEGREE COURSES & CAREER CHOICES

Government and Politics would support an application for any arts subject. It would also demonstrate a general ability to handle detailed information, to construct a balanced argument and to form a judgement. These skills are invaluable in many degree subjects. Career choices are also very wide: business, law, politics, education and many other fields.


THE POLITICS TEAM

Head of History and Politics: Dr Juliet Ingram (on maternity leave)
Acting Head of History and Politics: Dr Kirsten Smith
Politics: Mr Philip Jones (maternity cover)

THE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS CURRICULUM

Based in the main school building, girls are taught in purpose-built classrooms.  When required for research purposes some lessons may be taught in one of the state-of-the-art ICT suites.

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