Students of Government and Politics at CCHS tend to be lively and engaged with the world around them.  We look for opportunities to stretch and challenge girls through invigorating debates and opportunities to participate in local Question Time, local and national competitions such as the European Youth Parliament and Model United Nations, and we encourage visits to Parliament and International Institutions such as the European Parliament and UN Headquarters.

A Level Politics

The department follows the EdExcel Politics course. In Year 12 students follow units on UK Politics and UK Government covering modules on Democracy & Participation, Political Parties, Electoral Systems, Voting Behaviour, The Constitution, Parliament, Executive and Relationships between the branches of government. In addition the summer term will advance knowledge of political theory by considering the key political ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism. For the optional ideology we look at Nationalism.

In Year 13 students turn their attention to US Politics considering Congress, the President, Democracy and Participation in US Politics, the Supreme Court and the Constitution & Federalism. Finally in the final weeks of Year 13 we consider the comparisons between US and UK Politics considering these from both a practical and theoretical standpoint.

What can I do with an A Level in Government and Politics?

  • The qualification will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence.
  • You can progress to higher education courses such as degrees in Politics, International Politics/Relations and Political Science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as History, Geography, PPE, Economics and Social Policy.
  • The study of Politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself. It combines well with subjects such as History, Geography, Economics, Philosophy and Languages.