Politics AS/A Level

Politics AS/A Level

Politics is a fast paced, rapidly changing subject to study. Many students find the opportunity to investigate the historical and conceptual background to political events intellectually stimulating. For those who love the cut and thrust of debate and getting to grips with events as they unfold, this subject is for you. It will give you the opportunity to investigate the great political issues of the day and provide you with plenty of opportunity to inform and express your views on those events. It will certainly sharpen the analytical edge of your thoughts.

In the first year of the course you will study two units: People and Politics, and Governing the UK. In the second year the focus moves to the study of power structures in global politics and contemporary global political issues such as International Terrorism and Human Rights.

The Department supplements the classroom-based study with visits to Westminster and the Supreme Court along with residential trips to New York or Geneva. In addition, Politics entertains a number of visiting speakers at College.

Additional
Grade 4 in GCSE English
Assessment
All by external exams.
Progression
Politics is taken by students doing a wide range of other subjects, in both the Arts and Sciences. At this level, Politics can be a truly complementary subject, extending and balancing a programme of study drawn from any part of the College curriculum. Our students go on to a wide range of courses and careers. A considerable number will take a degree in the subject, or a related field, such as History, English, Law, Economics, Philosophy, or Theology In addition to a wider angled view of many contemporary events and issues, those trained in Politics have developed skills of critical analysis and judgement; these are highly valued in many professions, including Law, Management, Finance, Diplomacy, Journalism and, of course, Politics.