Government & Politics

Government & Politics

Why choose Government & Politics?

Results of the Mock General Election we held at our Open Evenings on 8th & 9th November. Thank you to all those who took part.


Politics is about compromise; it's about power; it's about government.

Politics is the way in which a society or a group manages different views, conflict and disagreement. Politics is about compromise; it’s about power; it’s about government. We look at these aspects through studies of UK and global politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate both in the UK and around the world.

You will develop research and communication skills through a balanced handling of political questions, an interest in citizenship and an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs. You will develop your analytical skills by evaluating political concepts and arguments from competing and sometimes controversial perspectives. These are skills highly valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

“I love studying Politics because the whole department is enthusiastic and passionate about the subject making lessons a delight. They use the flipped learning technique, which is where we watch a video at home and make notes, then come into class to debate and discuss. The classes are really enjoyable, we had a 'speed d(eb)ating' lesson on pressure groups, a quiz to find out where we all fit onto the political spectrum and our own cabinet meeting (I got to be PM).”

There is an active student-led Politics Society, and a programme of visiting speakers. The department organises annual study trips to the Houses of Parliament in London. 

Politics students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history.

The course is 100% examined (no coursework).

“I had initially thought that I would study law at university, but during my time at Hills Road, learning about both the British and American political systems and how the economy works in Government and Politics and Economics A Level, my interest in politics grew further and I decided that I wanted to study International Relations at university instead.”

Elly went on to read International Relations at the London School of Economics. During the third year she applied to, and was subsequently offered a position on the Generalist Fast Stream programme in the Civil Service.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 6 or B in English (Language or Literature).

Awarding Body


Units of Study

Year 12

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

  • Democracy and Participation
  • Electoral Systems
  • Political Parties
  • Voting Behaviour and the Media
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism

Component 2: UK Government and Non-Core Political Ideas

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Relationships between the Branches
  • Nationalism

Year 13

Component 3: Global Politics

  • Theories of global politics
  • Sovereignty and globalisation
  • Global governance: political and economic
  • Global governance: human rights and environmental
  • Power and developments
  • Regionalism and the EU