Politics at Varndean College


Politics is at the heart of everything we do. It is inspiring, exciting and relevant. It is never dull or predictable. You will learn to identify political arguments, weigh evidence against opinion and come to understand how your life is affected by political activity. You will soon find out that Politics is not just about men in grey suits!

At A Level, you will explore topics such as why people vote for particular parties – is it the media, their class or the appeal of leaders? Turnout in General Elections in recent years has been in decline but was very high in the Scottish Referendum – what does that tell us about participation in politics? You’ll explore the impact of BREXIT – how will that change the way the UK is governed?

The course could hardly be more relevant as you find out what the political parties stand for and their role in the political system and, as more citizens take to the streets, you will consider whether protest is effective and how pressure groups can influence policy. You will also examine the ‘nuts and bolts’ of our political system; the power of the Prime Minister, the role of Parliament and the impact of the European Union.

In the second year, you will study the Politics of the United States and use this to complete a comparative study with the UK. You will also explore the ideological traditions in British Politics.

YEAR 1
  • UK Politics
  • UK Government
YEAR 2
  • Political Ideas
  • Comparative politics: government and politics of the USA

In studying Politics I have experienced a high standard of teaching and I have really enjoyed how challenging and interesting the subject is. My perception of the subject has changed since starting it.

Amy Martin ex Dorothy Stringer School

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
A Level
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
100% exam
CAREER PATHWAYS
Students progress to a wide variety of university degrees. Past students are now working in the House of Commons, as lawyers, police, teachers, in business and the civil service.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Debating skills; negotiation; understanding different perspectives; formulating your own opinion; subject knowledge to enable understanding of real life situations.
OTHER INFORMATION
Varndean has a weekly Politics Society where you can hear a wide range of speakers, from MPs from all parties to pressure group activists. The department also has links to the two local universities and organises lectures from subject experts. Trips are also organised to the Houses of Parliament and party conferences as well as residential trips to Edinburgh and the USA.
ENQUIRIES TO
Avril Mackenzie-Parr: avm@varndean.ac.uk