Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)
Politics is the study of power and the institutions that exercise power.
Year 12- Students study the Edexcel Linear A Level specification and focus on two components in Year 12; UK Politics (the study of democracy, political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour) and UK Government (the study of the UK constitution, parliament, prime minister and judiciary).
Year 13- Students continue studying the Edexcel Linear A Level and progress on to component three; Global Politics. This is an in depth study of globalisation, political global governance (UN, ICC, NATO), economic global governance (WTO, IMF, G7), environmental politics, international relations & power, regionalism & the European Union and theories of global politics. Students will also explore political theories (liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism).
A minimum of 5 GCSEs with at least a Level 6 in English Language/and or English Literature. Candidates should also have achieved a Level 7 in either History, Geography or Religious Education.
The department will endeavour to allow as many students as possible who meet the minimum entry requirements to study politics. Where there is oversubscription, priority will be given to students with the following in order of importance:
- The highest GCSE grade in English Language
- The highest GCSE grade in History or Geography
- The highest overall GCSE average point score
At the end of Year 12 an external AS examination is undertaken comprising of two papers covering content on component one; UK Politics and component two; UK government. This is a standalone qualification and does not contribute to your overall A level, however, it is a useful indicator of progress in politics and useful practice for the future A level examination.
A Level Assessment
At the end of Year 13 three examination papers are undertaken covering content from component one; UK Politics, component two; UK government and component three; Global Politics. Additional questions on political theories are also present in A level component one and two papers. All three papers make-up the entire A level.
Extended Learning Opportunities
The department provides many opportunities to extend learning inside and outside of the classroom. Politics in its very nature is a live subject and therefore it is imperative that students take advantage of opportunities to extend learning. Current Affairs Club operates once a week and is a forum for politics students to learn, discuss and debate topical issues both related to the curriculum and outside of the curriculum. A range of resources are provided to students to further build on knowledge including a class textbook, revision guide, exam question booklet, copies of Politics Review and a reading list.
The department has organised a number of internal and external extracurricular opportunities to extend learning such as the Marx walking tour in central London, visits to parliament, internal assemblies led by MPs (e.g. David Lammy, Eric Pickles and Ed Balls) and other external trips such as the Congress to Campus debate at London Metropolitan University.
The study of Politics is an excellent progression into law, journalism, local and national government, the civil service, the charity sector and public policy research. The skills obtained through the study of this A level will develop your communication, analysis and knowledge of current affairs which will benefit any career route you choose to undertake.