Mrs G Hill
Why study Politics?
Lively, relevant, controversial, A-level Politics is an exciting humanities subject that inspires students to think about and view the world from different perspectives. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.
It’s ideal if you’re considering studying Politics, Law, Sociology, Ethics, Advertising or Journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.
Politics has all the rigor of any academic subject and for the last two years all students entered at A2 from WGHS have attained A*/A. It is unique as a subject for the extent of discussion, debate and argument. It suits students who are curious about the world around them, who want to learn more about how power is shared and how to participate in the political process.
Key Stage 5:
What will I study in Key Stage 5 Politics?
Year 12 (AS Level) AQA
Unit 1: The government of the UK: including the structure and role of Parliament, the nature and sources of the British constitution, the Prime Minister and cabinet, the judiciary and devolution.
Unit 2: The politics of the UK: including democracy and participation, elections and referendums, political parties, protest movements and pressure groups.
These units are assessed on one three hour paper at the end of Year 12.
Year 13 (A Level) AQA
Unit 1: Government and Politics of the UK - as above.
Unit 2: Government and Politics of the USA: including the constitution, Congress, the role of the President, the Supreme Court, the electoral process, direct democracy, political parties, pressure groups, and civil rights.
Unit 3: Political Ideas: including a study of liberalism, socialism, conservatism and as our optional unit, feminism. The focus of the study is on the theoretical ideas underpinning these ideologies as well as practical examples across the world.
These units are assessed on three two hour papers at the end of Year 13.
The department offers a range of opportunities in the Sixth Form. Students studying Politics all visit London on a day trip where we visit the Houses of Parliament and The Supreme Court having tours of both and the opportunity to meet an MP. We also offer the exciting opportunity of a five day residential trip to Washington DC. Some of the political highlights include visits to the US Congress, Supreme Court and Smithsonian Museums. There is also a civil rights tour and a DC by night tour, taking in The White House.