“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
The overall purpose of the course is to encourage candidates to develop a critical awareness of the nature of government and politics in the UK and the USA. Students will be given the opportunity to reflect and discuss the rights and responsibilities within society. The course changes daily, depending on what is happening in the news; students will be expected to carry out reading and critically reflect on contemporary situations which will be part of informed discussions. Topics include: parliament, the constitution, rights and responsibilities, the EU, political parties, pressure groups, elections, voting behaviour and political ideologies such as Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism.
There are three examinations in total. The examinations will be on UK politics, US politics and political ideologies.
The course will be assessed through a series of examinations.
During the course students are given an opportunity to see the British system working with an excursion to the capital and workshops within Parliament.
There is also the opportunity to question our local MPs on their policies and beliefs.
Many students go on to university and could end up in careers such as law, journalism or political think tanks.
This course is ideal for someone who wants to be critically aware of the nature of politics. It is advisable to have strong GCSEs in History and English.
Head of Department
Miss Wedd & Mr White