Government and Politics is a subject taught exclusively at A level. Prospective students need to have an interest in current affairs and willingness to develop as independent learners in order to fully participate in debate and discussion, and to develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of political culture, developments and institutions in a British, American and broader global context. As an A level subject Politics perfectly complements History, Economics, Geography, Philosophy and Psychology and good GCSE performance in History, RE and English is regarded as an important indicator of suitability.
Staff Names and Roles:
Mr T. Amann is subject leader and from 2014 sole teacher of Government and Politics.
Useful Websites to support your son’s learning
While the BBC provides good political coverage, major online newspapers and journals such as The Guardian, Times, Telegraph, The Economist, New Statesman and The Spectator are recommended for more in depth coverage of the UK. For the USA Real Clear Politics is an outstanding site linking to all major articles and a range of wider resources relating to American politics.
Opportunities outside of lessons
Politics is ideally suited to learning beyond the classroom. As well as guest expert speakers from MPs and MEPs to Whitehall special advisors, including some joint events with other foundation schools; all students have the opportunity to attend high quality revision conferences in London and events at Parliament and will have the opportunity to visit Washington DC to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of the American political scene. This last has been exceptionally rewarding over recent years including specially arranged group events at the State Department, the British Embassy and opportunities to attend Congressional Committee and Supreme Court hearings as well as to visit all the key sites of American government and soak up plenty of local culture.