Politics is a popular Sixth Form only subject at Habs. Students study how power is wielded, the impact of government and different theories of how political power can be best utilised. We have a strong focus on debate in lessons and encourage students to engage critically but constructive and in an informed manner with different political viewpoints. Students study UK Government and Politics, US and Comparative Politics and Political Ideas as part of their A-Level course.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.