Government & Politics

Government & Politics

Why choose Government & Politics?

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 American politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate in each country

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.

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, and also to Washington DC.
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 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).”

Entry Requirements

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

Awarding Body


Units of Study

Year 12

Government & Politics - Unit 1

People and Politics.

Government & Politics - Unit 2

Governing the UK: This course focuses on politics in the United Kingdom. It examines the role of the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Houses of Parliament, electoral processes, and the judiciary. More broadly, the political culture of the nation will be discussed: the media, public opinion, the party system, and the nature of the British political élite. In addition, the course examines the role that citizens play in politics, and the influence of pressure groups.


Year 13

Government & Politics - Unit 3

Representative processes in the USA.

Government & Politics - Unit 4

Governing the USA: This course focuses on politics in the USA. We study the role of the President, Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court, and the relationship between Washington and the states which make up the Union. The course examines the different role of political parties in the US, and the power exercised by pressure groups. The topic of race and ethnicity is also studied, an issue that has defined the history of the USA.