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The study of politics is about making sense of and analysing Britain and the greater world.  You will study a range of topics and develop skills that will enable you to make political judgments about the UK political system, as well as other systems.  The specification is designed to develop the critical thinking skills of students and to enhance one’s ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics, thus allowing one to be an active and engaged citizen.


There has never been a more interesting, exciting or urgent time to study Politics.  Brexit, the election of Trump, the marginalisation of minority groups and the rise of nationalist parties and their leaders in countries which were formally described as ‘liberal democracies’ can be understood through the study of this important subject.  Additionally, the urgent need to attend to the climate emergency will only be realised through the nation states of the world engaging in political action.


The department has the highest expectations of students studying this course and promotes excellence, a growth mindset and a love of learning.