Why study Politics?

Politics affects everyone, everywhere at any time. The study of Politics at A Level gives you an understanding of the political processes of the UK, an awareness of both the development of British Politics and its current state, knowledge of important Political ideologies and an understanding of international political issues.

The study of Politics helps you to understand how and why decisions are made on your behalf which will impact on your life, your future and your career. Politics complements many subject choices – especially Economics, Geography, History and Philosophy – because it affects all areas of human activity and is multi-disciplinary.

What will I learn?

Politics A Level provides the opportunity to explore key contemporary political issues, both domestic and international.
In Component 1 students examine the functioning of Politics in the UK, with topics including Democracy and Participation, Political Parties in the UK, the Electoral System and Voting Behaviour and the Media. Students also explore the key political ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism.

Component 2 will also study feminism. Component 2 also examines the structure of the UK Political system, through studying the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Government and the relationship between the different branches of government.

Component 3 is a comparitive study, where students will explore the equivalents of all the above topics in the USA.

How am I assessed?

Politics is a linear A Level, with students sitting three 2 hour exams at the end of the two year course. If you would like to know more about the course and its assessment or are considering Politics at A Level, ask a member of the department to discuss it in more detail.

Are there other opportunities?

We are extremely fortunate to be able to welcome a number of politicians to Dean Close each year. Sixth Formers have the opportunity to meet and question a number of politicians, including our local MP Alex Chalk.

  • Each year Politics students have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament
  • A number of students are offered work placements with local MPs at the House of Commons
  • Many Politics students take part in the European Youth Parliament competition
  • The Politics department runs regular debates in school on current issues to give students an opportunity to practise their public speaking. Recent topics have included the impact of Jeremy Corbyn’s selection and the EU referendum
  • Each year a number of students go on to study Politics or a variety of Politics-based degrees at university including PPE and International Relations.

Jonathan Sheldon Head of Politics Department