Subject Intent: Why Politics?

A level Politics enables students to question the structures and systems that shape their lives on a daily basis. The intent of the course encourages student to think critically and form developed arguments grounded in their own knowledge and experience. Politics allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their own country not just as it is today but how it has been shaped by past events, as well as covering aspects of economics, sociology and philosophy. The course also has strong links to contemporary issues that young people preparing for life outside of the school environment should be aware of such as human and civil rights, individual liberty and the value of a society that values democracy and free expression. Students will also encounter viewpoints both from course content but also their peers that do not align with their own, and will develop the skills to engage with arguments and individuals whose ideas differ from their own in a mature and professional way.

What will I study?

Component 1: UK Politics
  • Democracy and political participation
  • UK political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Core political ideas: conservatism, liberalism and socialism
Component 2: UK Government
  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The prime minister and the cabinet
  • Relations between the branches
  • Non-core political ideas: anarchism
Component 3: Comparative Politics: the USA
  • The constitution
  • The presidency
  • Congress
  • The Supreme Court
  • Comparative approaches- how do US/UK politics compare?


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

In Politics we debate political issues with class discussions and analyse sources, texts, podcasts and media to delve deeper into’ hot topics’. We welcome guest speaks to engage students with current political policy.

What our


Studying Politics is insightful as it helps us to better understand how political processes work through parliament and the government as well as how this affects us and what the public can do to participate in politics. Also, on a deeper level, you get to learn about the ideologies that are prevelant in society and also less prevelant ones in order to have a wide understanding of different ideas on how societies, governments and nations should interact in relation to each other. Overall, studying politics is sure to increase your thirst for learning going forward.

Ellie King, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College

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