Politics A Level at The Thomas Hardye School
Studying politics creates passionate, informed individuals. It is ideal for students interested in the news, that debate with friends and family and that show a keen interest in life beyond their own surroundings. Politics students think it matters to understand who has power, why they have it and what they do with it; and the course enables them to tackle such issues. Students will study both UK politics and global politics. Politics can be combined with science for contrast, or with other humanities subjects for depth.
In the first year students focus on UK politics. They will be studying democracy and discussing key questions such as how democratic is the UK and is it becoming more or less so? They will also be studying the different voting systems used in the UK and whether they would work in the House of Commons. In addition, they will also be looking at political parties and how have these changed in recent years. As well as core political ideas such as liberalism, conservatism and socialism. Students will also study the governing of the UK. This focuses on the UK constitution, Parliament and how it has development in particular since 1979. As well as the Prime Minister and Cabinet, students will also cover one additional political theory based on feminism.
In the second year students focus on global politics and will gain an understanding on how the United Nations works but also why it is significant. Students will discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, World Trade organisation (WTO), the EEC and look at the impact they have on countries and nation states; as well as gaining knowledge on global sovereignty and power, with a specific link to developments since 9/11, including issues to do with the so- called ‘war on terror.’ They will then look at the significance of human rights in global politics and investigate to what extent human rights are protected by international law.
There are three exams, each 2 hours long. The examinations are split into two examinations on UK politics and one examination on global politics. The examinations consist of questions that require extended writing using an essay style format.
Students who have studied this politics course find it provides them with excellent written and oral communication skills. Politics students go on to a wide variety of careers such as journalism, law, teaching and work in the NGO sector of charities and pressure groups. It is a long established, academically rigorous subject respected by all universities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.