Bishop
Ramsey

A Christian Learning Community

    School Life

    Government & Politics

    Government & Politics is part of the Humanities Faculty

     

    Staff

    • Miss L Robinson
    • Miss V Hill 

     

    Politics is only offered at Key Stage 5

    Politics is the study of the exercise of power. This means that it has a huge impact on your daily life.   Most of the key issues in our society - such as crime, poverty and the environment - are political. The study of Politics is an exciting intellectual challenge where students can deploy a variety of skills: debate and discussion, the ability to create an effective argument and analyse information to make valid judgments, to name but a few.

    What we study at AS
    At AS the course is the study of British Politics considering the main aspects of how our country is governed.  The two units which are studied are outlined below:

    GOVP1 – People, Politics & Participation

    • Participation & Voting Behaviour
    • Electoral Systems
    • Political Parties
    • Pressure Groups

    GOVP2 -  Governing Modern Britain

    • The British Constitution
    • Parliament
    • The Core Executive
    • Multi-Level Governance

     

    What we study at A2
    At A2 the course is the study of American politics considering similar issues to those at AS and with a focus on comparing the systems and processes in the two nations.  The two units which are studied are outlined below:

    GOVP3A - The Politics of the USA

    • The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy
    • Political Parties
    • Pressure Groups
    • Voting behaviour

    GOVP4A - The Government of the USA

    • The Constitutional framework of the USA
    • US Congress
    • The President
    • The Supreme Court

    FOR EACH UNIT THERE IS A ONE AND A HALF HOUR EXAM.  THERE IS NO COURSEWORK FOR GOVERNMENT & POLITICS ‘A’LEVEL.

    For more information on the course follow this link http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/government-and-politics/a-level/government-and-politics-2150


    Extra Curricular

    The Government & Politics Department has a strong commitment to learning beyond the classroom.  Last year our students took a leading role in the School’s mock election which included a debate by the local parliamentary candidates for the Sixth Form, student led assemblies for the whole school as well as a mock vote which the Year 12 students counted.  Year 12 students also took part in a visit to the House of Commons where they met with the School’s local MP Nick Hurd.

    In previous years students have taken part in student conferences, visits to the House of Commons as well as talks from individuals involved in governmental institutions.

    Twitter

    The Government & Politics Department at Bishop Ramsey has a Twitter account to aid students in keeping up to date with an ever changing subject.  Follow us and keep up to date @BR_GovandPol.

    Curriculum change

    The Government & Politics A Level is to be reformed in 2017 so that those students starting A Levels in September 2017 will follow the new specification details to be confirmed in the coming academic year.