The political world is ever-changing and making headlines. Developing an understanding of political structures, you will critically analyse and interpret the country’s largest democratic processes and systems.
Politics is so much more than the House of Commons or a General Election every five years. Politics is how we act, how we think and what we do. Having an in depth understanding of this unique subject is sure to set you on the right path for success in any walk of life.
The Politics course will cover the British and American political systems, as well as introducing you to both traditional and modern political ideologies.
Unit 1: UK Politics
In this unit you will look at politics within the UK. For example, we will debate whether the UK democratic system is in indeed in crisis; the role of pressure groups such as Oxfam and Greenpeace; the different views of political parties (including the rise of labour under Jeremy Corbyn) and we will study a range of different elections within the country, such as the labour landslide (massive victory) of 1997.
Topics: Democracy and participation, Political parties, Electoral systems, Voting behaviour and the media
Unit 2: UK Government
In this unit you will look at the rules and laws that govern the UK (our ‘constitution’); the role and power Prime Minister (at least for now Theresa May); the functions of parliament (the institution that votes on our laws) and how all parts of the government interact. You will explore who governs the UK and the advantages and disadvantages of the current system. This will give you knowledge for the comparisons with the USA system in year 2.
Topics: Voting behaviour and the media, The constitution, The Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Parliament, Relations between the institutions
Unit 3: USA Politics
In this unit you will be comparing the US system of government to the UK government. You will discover the extent to which the president only has the power to persuade; whether the US system of government makes it too difficult to effect change and pass any meaningful laws and whether the most important judges in the land (the Supreme Court justices) are really politicians in disguise.
You will also learn about the key political ideas (for example, socialism) and how these ideas have influenced politicians in both the UK and USA. Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are notable examples of socialist politicians.
Topics: The US Constitution, The US Presidency, US democracy and participation, US Supreme Court and civil rights, The US congress, The US Federalism, Political ideas
for 2018/19 entry
- Experienced teaching staff with subject specialist knowledge, some are chief external examiners
- Work experience placements with global Law firm, Addleshaw Goddard, with opportunities at ITV, Manchester United, Manchester City, Adidas and The Cooperative
- Royal Courts of Justice and Parliament, London to witness “live” trials
- Only college outside London to work with Arts Emergency - a charity proving students with access to Arts and Humanities professionals
- Regular visits by politicians
- Visiting Alumni talks
- Webinars with universities across the country