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politics

Studying politics is always exciting and never dull.  It is probably the only subject where the textbook is out of date the moment it is published!  The key questions in politics are all about power.  Where does power come from?  Why do some people seem to have more power than others?  Should we try to change this?  If so, what can we do to change this?  Politics is a subject where you can begin to answer these questions but more importantly you will get engaged, argue your view and understand the forces that shape your life.

You will start by having the chance to develop a greater understanding of how politics affects us here in the UK, from the voting system to the powers of the Prime Minister.  Your work in lessons will be supported by a visit to the Houses of Parliament and speakers’ events throughout the year.  UK politics is also analysed through a study of its similarities and differences with the US system, something students can see up close through a visit to Washington DC.  Is the President actually weaker than our Prime Minister?  Does America face a voting crisis?  You will also study the big overarching ideologies of politics – Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism and Feminism – when you will be expected to debate and discuss the best way to run a country.

Studying politics has never been more interesting.  The recent election results, Brexit, Votes at 16 -  if you take an interest in these events, then you will find every Politics lesson broadens and develop your critical powers, interest in global events and understanding of power.

Our Sixth Form Curriculum