School Life


    Politics is part of the Religious Education & Humanities Faculty

    • Miss L Robinson - Teacher of History & Politics and Head of Inclusion
    • Miss S Hudson - Teacher of Politics/Head of History

    Click here to view the Politics Learning Journey

    Please click below for detailed Programmes of Study for each year group:


    Politics Programmes of Study

    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.

    New Government & Politics A Level

    At Bishop Ramsey we will be following the new AQA specification which focuses on British & American (including comparative) government and politics as well as core political ideas (Conservatism, Socialism & Liberalism) and Anarchism.

    The new A Level comprises 3 papers:


    Assessment overview

    Percentage of the A Level

    Paper 1 – Government & Politics of the UK

    • 2 hour written exam
    • A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions


    Paper 2 – Government and Politics of the USA and comparative politics

    • 2 hour written exam
    • A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions


    Paper 3 – Political ideas

    • 2 hour written exam
    • A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions
    • Students are expected to study 4 ideologies (Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism & Feminism) and the ideas of 5 theorists for each ideology


    Further details of the new specification can be found here -

    Extra Curricular

    The Politics Department has a strong commitment to learning beyond the classroom.  In recent years we ran trips to Parliament and students also had an opportunity to hear leading politicians speak at a student conference including Nigel Farage and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.  Students also went on a Karl Marx walking tour and were visited by local MP Nick Hurd where they got to take part in a Q&A session.  In previous years we have previously been able to take selected students to visit the U.S. Embassy to meet the Ambassador as well as visit the Supreme Court.  Additionally, we run ‘mock’ elections to coincide with general elections. 


    The 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.