Government AND Politics

 

Staff

Mr Joe Wilson

Mr Caelan Moreland

Subject Overview

Few subjects are as relevant to our everyday lives as Government and Politics.

Government is the act of exercising authority or ruling. Politics is the process by which a community makes and changes the general rules under which its people live. It regulates competition for positions of leadership and helps to resolve conflicts.

Government and Politics is a challenging and rewarding subject that suits any student who is interested in people, power and fairness in society.

Studying Government and Politics gives students a real insight into the world in which they live. Students learn how the political decisions that affect our lives are made and who has the power and authority to make those decisions. They also develop valuable analytical and evaluation skills as they debate topical and controversial issues, form their own political opinions and study different ideological viewpoints.

At AS boys will study two modules; one on Northern Ireland and one on UK politics. At A2 they will the politics of the USA and Political Power

Achievements

The examination results in Politics are consistently at or above the Northern Ireland average for boys in Grammar Schools.

Key Stage 5

At AS boys will study two modules; one on Northern Ireland and one on UK politics. At A2 they will study the politics of the USA and Political Power

CCEA Specification

Career Opportunities

Our A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop a wide range of skills including:

  • the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information
  • analyse and evaluate political knowledge
  • identify connections, assess similarities and differences between the areas studied
  • select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary

Many students who have taken the A-level in Government and Politics go on to study Politics at university. From there you might become a researcher, join local or national government or even start on the path to become a future Prime Minister! But there are other job options too. If you fancy a career in Journalism or the Media, this course is very useful. Students also go on to become teachers or work in the legal profession.

Educational Visits

There is a politics trip to Washington every four years to coincide with the presidential election and a joint history politics trip to London is planned for February 2018.

AS students also visit Stormont annually where they meet and question MLAs from all the major parties.