Ages 11 - 18
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Ages 3 - 11
Government and Politics
Government and Politics is a fascinating and constantly changing subject that challenges students' ideas about how democracy works in theory and practice.
By studying this subject at AS level, students will learn about how government is organised in the UK in theory and how politics actually works in practice. Students are asked to cast a critical eye over what they learn to form arguments for and against reform.
At 18, students leave school and immediately become part of the electorate. In 2011 the electorate were asked, through the mechanism of a referendum, to vote on whether the voting system of the UK should be changed. The study of Government and Politics allows people to make informed decisions rather than basing their vote on rhetoric and media influence. We are all subject to the constitution of this country, but how many of us really understand the difference between codified and uncodified constitutions? These are only two examples out of hundreds that allow students to become educated and responsible citizens after studying Government and Politics.
Skills in research are crucial and students are required to engage in independent study. They are encouraged to challenge their own beliefs and to develop skills of empathy and persuasive argument as well as a sense that arguments must be balanced before conclusions are made. Students learn how to approach short structured questions, how to study stimulus material and how to structure essays. The expectation is that students develop an extensive knowledge of current affairs and build up real examples that they can apply to understanding their own lives and to relate to issues in other subjects.
The subject would suit anyone with an interest in current affairs who is keen to learn more. Students need to be prepared to stay up-to-date using newspapers, magazines and documentaries and to be prepared to discuss politics and to listen and try to understand others' views.
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