A Level Government and Politics gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of political theories and systems.

It offers a fascinating chance to explore both ideas and practice, with particular reference to the UK. Students will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes; acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the UK political system, and of how these may differ from those in other political systems; and acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual. The course also enables students to enter the realm of political philosophy through the examination of political theories such as Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism.

Government and Politics is a strong A Level choice which is regarded very positively by universities. It is an especially appropriate choice for those hoping to study for a Law, Humanities or Social Sciences degree, including, of course, Politics and PPE. Students in recent years have gone on to study these subjects at a number of Russell Group universities including Cambridge, Bristol, Exeter and Warwick.

Each year, students visit both the UK Supreme Court and the UK Parliament in Westminster. This trip includes a tour of the Palace of Westminster and an opportunity to see inside both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where all our laws are passed.

Head of Department

Ms Cathy Bryan

Cathy Bryan has a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds, an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, and a PGCE from the Institute for Education. She has worked as a parliamentary researcher for an MP and as Director of Strategy for an internet company.