The Politics course is designed for those with an interest in contemporary politics.
Boys assess and debate current political issues whilst developing an appreciation of governmental systems and structures. The focus in the Lower Sixth is very much on contemporary British Politics and Government. The A2 year in the Sixth Form requires boys to compare the constitutional, political and legal systems of the UK, USA and EU. Unlike most other subjects, a significant proportion of the course’s content has not yet happened! The key skills developed by the course include the ability to research political and legal issues and to communicate effectively both orally and on paper. We undertake regular visits to politics conferences in Westminster, the UK Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament.
There is a very active Politics Society which invites speakers to the School. In the past four years Mr Speaker John Bercow, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP, Former Foreign Secretary and SDP Leader Lord David Owen, Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP, Conservative Party Chairman Lord Andrew Feldman (OH), Minister for Europe David Lidington MP (OH), Peter Lilley MP, Richard Harrington MP, David Lammy MP, Jesse Norman MP, Douglas Carswell MP, Jacob Rees Mogg MP, James Clappison MP and the journalists Adam Boulton, Dominic Sandbrook, Hugo Dixon and Peter Hitchens have all spoken to the Politics Society. We will hold a school mock election to coincide with the forthcoming 2015 UK General Election.
The course builds upon skills developed in other GCSE courses, especially History, English, Theology and Philosophy and Geography. No prior knowledge of politics is necessary, though a curiosity about current affairs is important. The course will provide a valuable context to those opting for International Relations, Law, History, Economics or Business Management at university.