The study of Politics and the UK system of government is an important part of a rounded education. It encourages you to develop a critical awareness of political events and issues, and an understanding of the main political viewpoints.
The department is housed in newly refurbished accommodation in the historic core of Queen's College. 'The Covers', as it is known, comprises purpose-designed classrooms fully equipped with the latest technology to enable the department to make full use of its innovative virtual learning environment (VLE) materials, case studies and DVD/television programmes. You do not need to have studied politics before taking the course.
The Edexcel A Level course provides you with a structured foundation of political knowledge on which to develop your skills of citizenship and further study. You will learn about the UK in the context of the EU and wider world, engage in contemporary political debates and understand the theories, motives and values that underpin political processes and government decision-making along with the role of institutions in resolving conflict and allocating resources.
At AS level, units studied include people and politics and governing the UK within the context of the European Union. The key political issues studied at A2 level are the Economy, welfare state, law and order and EU political issues such as European co-operation and the UK, the political systems of the EU, European integration and economic policy and EU policy areas. You will be expected to know the basic policy differences between the political parties and to have an interest in politics in its widest sense.
Past trips have included visits to Brussels and Prague to study the enlarged EU, study trips to the Houses of Parliament and a visit to the Welsh National Assembly. The department also arranges for student conferences with speakers such as Ken Clarke, Ann Widdecombe and Jeremy Browne, the NFU regional secretary and local pressure groups.
You will need to take a keen interest in current affairs and issues through watching relevant TV programmes, reading quality newspapers, magazines and websites so that you can study Government and EU policy as it is taking place.
Government and Politics combines well with other Arts and Humanities A Levels and has proved a useful preliminary for our students who have followed careers in business, international relations, the professions or Government service.