Government and Politics
Government and Politics at Christ's is offered as an A Level. It is the next step after studying Citizenship at GCSE.
We study the Edexcel A level Government and Politics course which provides students with an understanding of UK politics in the first year and global politics in the second. It is the course of choice for students who have an interest in political events, debates and current affairs in the UK, EU, USA and internationally.
Government and Politics A Level is taught by a dedicated specialist teacher, Mr Butler.
During AS year students are introduced to the political system in Britain. This includes theories of democracy, types of political participation and understanding of elections and different voting systems. We also examine and evaluate the roles, policies and methods of political organisations such as pressure groups and political parties.
The course includes evaluation and debate of the effectiveness of political institutions such as Parliament, the PM, the House of Lords, Cabinet and the judiciary and analyses the state of human rights and civil liberties in the UK.
In the A2 year students are introduced to theories of international relations/global politics and explore themes such as globalisation, poverty, human rights, the environment, conflicts, war, nuclear arms and terrorism. The roles and importance of international organisations such as the UN, the EU, G-8/20, NATO, the IMF, World Bank and the WTO will be critically analysed.
Assessment is through examination only over 4 units. There will be one exam per unit and students will be expected to answer short answer, stimulus, structured, and essay based questions.
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular
We invite a range of guest speakers into the School, students have the opportunity to meet with the local MP, have trips to Parliament and (depending on units selected) Brussels to see the EU and NATO headquarters.
Higher Education/ Potential Careers
Government and Politics is a good facilitating course that would suit students considering higher education courses in a wide range of humanities and social sciences, including;
- Government and Politics
- Politics/Political Science
- International Relations
- American Politics
Students of Government and Politics are encouraged to follow a dedicated Twitter feed containing relevant articles, links and information relevant to their studies.