Politics A Level
The purpose of the Politics curriculum is to ensure that students appreciate the importance of politics and develop an understanding that, whether we like it or not politics impacts upon us all.
Politics students will develop an understanding of the UK’s political system and the workings of its institutions, while a comparative unit (with the USA) further develops understanding of alternative political systems. The study of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Nationalism introduces students to political history and philosophy and deepens and enrichens their understanding of politics today. Students will be encouraged to ask and answer difficult questions, to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and reach substantiated judgments upon the nature of politics. Links to both university courses (politics, PPE, ethics, international relations, journalism etc.) and the world of work (politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service) are also of considerable importance to our curriculum.