Half Term: 25 October – 29 October.
School will welcome back pupils and students on Monday 01 November 2021.
Promoting an understanding of the systems of power and governance in today’s society, A level Politics is a fascinating introduction to contemporary issues that are highly relevant and important to the leaders of the future.
By law, you must be in some form of education until the age of 18, you cannot drive a car until you are 17, but you may join the army at 16. Fair? But who gets to decide what you can and can’t do?
Politics is about power. Politics is about individuals and people. Politics is about current affairs. Whether we like it or not, it affects everything we do.
Our freedoms were seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic: the government have had the power to tell us when we can (and can’t) travel abroad, eat in a restaurant, have a haircut, play outdoor games and even meet up with our friends and family. What gives them the power to do this? What should happen to those who disobey?
This course begins by looking at the foundations of the UK Government. We will explore in detail the historic power struggle between the monarchy and Parliament. We will identify who has power today in this country and what might happen if they become too powerful.
The concept of democracy is at the centre of our study. But just how democratic is the UK? Are we properly represented when we vote? The 2019 Parliament has been described as the most diverse. Yet two thirds of MPs are male, 90% are white and 27% were educated at private schools: how representative is this of the wider population?
Some of the key themes we will explore and debate include:
- Who has power?
- What role does the monarchy play?
- What power do we, the people, have?
- Who checks those in charge?
- What powers do Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have?
- How democratic is our democratic government?
We will then compare this to another democratic country, the USA. You will also study the corresponding parts of the USA political system including their Constitution, Congress, and Presidency and how their civil rights, courts and pressure groups function. We will explore recent political events exploring how Donald Trump won the 2016 election, despite the fact that more people voted for Hillary Clinton? And why didn’t Trump win in 2020?
Finally, politics is about what is happening. But it is also about ideas about what should happen. So the third aspect of this course looks at different political thinkers: what are their ideals about how power should be shared? The course includes the study of political ideologies including Conservatism, Socialism and Liberalism.
There is no requirement to have political knowledge beforehand but an interest in current affairs and a willingness to embrace new ideas is key to success in politics. Politics works well alongside all A levels and especially History, English, Sociology and Psychology.
Mr A Reeves
Admissions enquiriese: firstname.lastname@example.org