While all students should benefit from the better understanding gained from these elements of study, those who wish to pursue their studies further may access careers such as the Civil Service, Journalism, Law and Education.
This course is concerned with the study of the government and politics in the UK. There are two compulsory components in Year 12, UK politics and UK government. Within component 1 (UK politics) students will study: Political Participation, democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media. Within component 2 (UK government) students will study: Core Political Ideas of conservatism, liberalism, socialism. In Year 13, students will have the opportunity to study the concept of Global Governance in the 21st Century.
Students will be expected and encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs and appropriate news stories relating to UK politics and government.
Students should be willing to take part in such discussions, both to present their own views and to critically analyse those presented by others.
Although individual cases will be assessed on their merit, the general entry requirement is a grade 6 in GCSE English, History or Geography. If you are interested in learning more about this subject then please feel free to approach the Head of Department for further information. An interest in current affairs is an important pre-requisite of this course.