Politics is about compromise; it's about power; it's about government.
Politics is the way in which a society or a group manages different views, conflicts and disagreements. We look at these aspects through studies of UK and global politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate both in the UK and around the world.
You will develop research and communication skills through a balanced handling of political questions, an interest in citizenship, an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs and an understanding of the political ideas that have shaped the world. You will develop your analytical skills by evaluating political concepts and arguments from competing and sometimes controversial perspectives. These are skills highly valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.
There is an active student-led Politics Society and a programme of visiting speakers. The department organises annual study trips to the Houses of Parliament in London and an international residential trip to New York.
"I love the open debates we have in class, I feel so comfortable to contribute and it is such an exciting part of the course where you really get to apply your knowledge to real life issues happening today." Wizzy Farmer, Government & Politics student.
GCSE Grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)
Politics students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history.