Studying Politics provides students with an understanding of the powers, rights and responsibilities of politicians, judges and citizens. Students will gain an appreciation of different arguments on a wide range of political issues. Politics is an ever changing subject that develops a keen interest in current affairs and political developments. It will provide students with the ability to debate, support their argument and reach judgments on key issues.
Key Stage 3
Politics is not offered at Key Stage 3.
Key Stage 4
Politics is not offered at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 5
Students follow the AQA specification. At AS level there are two units; unit 1, People Politics and Participation in the UK, and unit 2, Governing Modern Britain. Both units are examined by a 1 hour 30 minute exam. At A2, Unit 3 covers the Politics of the USA, while Unit 4 covers the Government of the USA. Both units are examined by a 1 hour and 30 minute exam. There is no coursework.
In recent years students have visited the Houses of Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. This has included the opportunity to listen to politicians debating. Local MPs from the Conservative and Labour party, as well as local councillors, have also visited the school so that students can question them about their roles, policies and ideologies.