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Politics

A-level Politics is relevant and challenging. It stretches students' thinking, challenges preconceptions and traces political ideas back to their origin. It is academic, yet also lively and controversial. The course content is broad and appeals to a wide range of learners who bring a broad spectrum of perspectives and so offers challenge for all.

Our curriculum purpose in Politics is to apply a range of knowledge, and analytical skills in order to evaluate the workings of political systems and processes, both in the UK and the USA allowing students thrive as good citizens. The curriculum applies political examples from both the current UK and USA systems enabling students to become inquisitive about the wider world in which they live.  This promotes opportunities for students to develop a high level of literacy skill set to contrast, compare and evaluate political systems, processes and ideologies in the UK and the USA.

Our curriculum aims for Politics are framed around the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow:

  • Our students to gain extensive, relevant knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom and globally. Our students develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes, which promote a student’s sense of social responsibility.
  • Students to develop the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgements as critical and reflective thinkers, with inquisitive minds. They will ask relevant questions about a range of beliefs, opinions and cultures which have an impact on decisions in government and politics.

We will implement this in Politics with the aim of ensuring our students can be the best they can be.