Government & Politics

Politics is a subject which students can opt to study in Post 16. It is a popular course which appeals to a wide variety of students and complements a range of other subjects.

Studying Government and Politics will allow students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to analyse and evaluate political knowledge and communicate arguments clearly using appropriate political vocabulary. The course is delivered over two years and during this time students develop a broad understanding of political systems in the UK and the USA. They will also learn about major ideologies and beliefs that people hold in the UK.

Department Staff

Name Position
Mrs R Coning Teacher of History / Head of School
Mr A Jordan Teacher of Politics / Deputy Principal
Mrs S Creasey Teacher of Politics

Syllabus - Key Stage 5

We follow the AQA syllabus.

Syllabus – Key Stage 5 (Edexcel Politics)

Unit 1 – UK Politics and Core Political Ideas
This unit explores the nature of politics and how people engage in the political process in the UK. This includes four content areas: democracy and political participation, political parties, electoral systems and voting behavior.

This unit also allows students to explore the three traditional political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.

Unit 2 - UK Government and Non-core Political Ideas
This unit explores the UK government This includes four content areas: the constitution, parliament, prime minister and the relationship between the branches of government (including the European Union).

This unit also allows students to explore the political ideas of feminism.

Unit 3 – Comparative Politics (USA)

This unit explores the political system of the USA so that comparisons can be made with the UK political system. There are six key content areas: US constitution, US congress, US presidency, US supreme court, US democracy and comparative theories.

Further details on the course can be found on


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