It is the Politics department’s ethos that the function of studying the subject is to support and nurture students in developing individual identity, character, and opinions, while also helping them to fulfil their academic potential. The study of politics provides an essential basis for understanding the world and enriches students’ analytical and reasoning skills. To develop the character of students, Politics must also provide the opportunity for them to progress outside of academic life. The Politics department plays a large role in the wider life of the school, including through trips, guest speakers, the Politics Society and the student newspaper, NewsTues.
Key Stage 5 A Level. Years 12-13
Examination Board: Edexel
Link to Specification: Click here.
NB: We are only offering the full Government and Politics A level which means that all exams will take place at the end of Year 13.
Politics A Level is lively, relevant and controversial. An enriching and challenging course that will develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and evaluate information, reach strong and supported judgments, and use knowledge to present persuasive and mature arguments. You will expand your existing knowledge and develop a broad and sophisticated understanding of British Politics and political ideologies. The new A-level offers an exciting new opportunity to study Global Politics. We live in a complex world with significant challenges, including global terrorism, poverty, economic instability, weapons proliferation, failing states and environmental degradation. The study of Global Politics gives students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity. Politics A-level develops confident, articulate and passionate students and is a great course if you’re considering further education at university. It is highly regarded by employers in industries including law, media, public relations, journalism, education, government and the civil service.
There are three broad areas of study:
- The government and politics of the UK
- Global Politics
- Political ideas
Skills Gained from Taking this Course
- The ability to weigh up different arguments and develop substantiated, structured and compelling judgements.
- Critical analysis and evaluation of a wide range of information, including the ability to draw parallels, make connections, similarities and differences.
- Communication, both verbal and written.
St Marylebone Entry Requirements
To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.
Subject Specific Entry Requirements
6 in English language GCSE.
An interest in current affairs, a naturally curious mind, a love of learning and good written communication skills.
If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:
Preparing for Yr 12 – 2020
Resources Needed for this Course:
The course is complemented by visits to the Houses of Parliament, outside speakers, societies and visits to political debates and discussions.