Politics touches everything that we do, it conditions everything around us and it forms our understanding of who we are. Politics is about people and power. It deals with the facts and issues which are crucial to the lives of us all.

The course will allow students to develop a critical awareness of the nature of government and politics in both the UK and the USA as well as the political theory that underpins these institutions and the parties that operate within them. Students will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of the structure of authority and power within political systems and gain a sense of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups within society. 

Key Stage 5

  • Unit 1 – Government and politics of the UK. This includes studying the political institutions of the UK, the nature of British democracy and participation, including voting and pressure groups. (33% of A Level)
  • Unit 2 – Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics. This involves studying the American constitution, institutions, parties and elections, as well as comparing the UK and USA politics. (33% of A-Level)
  • Unit 3 – Political Ideas. This includes studying the key ideologies of history, which underpin political discourse: conservatism, liberalism, socialism and nationalism. (33% of A Level)

Future Opportunities

Politics provides a sound base for further study in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The skills of critical thinking, analysis, research and communication equip students for a wide range of careers including law, journalism, human resources and management. For some, it may even lead to a career in government, party politics or the Civil Service.

 For further information regarding our Politics Curriculum please contact:
Mr Birch  adam.birch@edgbarrowschool.co.uk