Politicians have a huge power over us, but how much power do we have over our politicians? Studying A-level Politics will provide insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the modern world. Analytical and evaluative skills will be developed in relation to awe inspiring topics prevalent in this current, fraught political climate.
Politics is taught by Miss Sandford. She is supported by two further members of staff.
Studying Politics gives students an opportunity to take a more in-depth look at the structures and functioning of the systems that delivered such shocks as the referendum result on Britain leaving the EU and the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Key Stage 5: Edexcel A-level Politics
The Exam Board for Politics is Edexcel (Pearson)
Students will study for a Politics A-level, which is examined through three papers at the end of Year 13.
Topics covered over the two year course include:
- UK Politics – The nature of democracy, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
- UK Government – The Constitution, Parliament, Prime Ministers and the relationship between different institutions such as the Supreme Court and the EU. The Prime Ministers we currently focus on are Theresa May, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher.
- Political Ideologies – Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism. We also study Feminism as our optional ideology.
- US Politics – The Constitution, Congress, Presidents, the Supreme Court, political parties and civil rights. We currently study all Presidents since 1992 – Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
While it is useful, you do not need any prior knowledge of politics to successfully study it at A-level.
Politics combines particularly well with Economics, Business Studies, English, History and Sociology, but equally complements most subjects because of its immediate relevance and focus on current affairs.
The department is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for all Politics students during their studies. A typical A-level student would expect to visit Parliament at least twice on school trips, as well as other key institutions such as the Supreme Court and Bank of England. We regularly have opportunities to meet with our local MP, Robert Courts, and are involved in programmes such as ‘Peers in Schools’ and ‘LordsLive’ which allow students to speak with members of the House of Lords.
In addition, we aim to involve students in opportunities as they arise. In previous years, for example, our students presented an A40 petition to a full Oxfordshire County Council meeting, entered a blog competition run by the Political Studies Association and had an American themed mid-term results party.
The department also has an extensive collection of books available to students for wider reading which are constantly updated.