Politics

Intent 

The Politics Department at St.Bonaventure’s is committed to the personal development of every student under our care. The Politics Department has chosen a specification that is relevant to students. With an emphasis on Fundamental British Values, the Politics curriculum allows students to gain a full understanding and ability to criticically analyse key events, elections, political concepts and ideas. With a key focus on personal development, the department is determined to ensure our students leave active citizens who are able to make informed choices and have a positive impact on society as a whole. We guarantee that the students at St. Bonaventure’s will receive only the best opportunities available, so that they may achieve their full potential, aiding their progression into further education or employment so that life chances for our students can be enhanced as much as possible.

 

Implementation

In order to succeed as a department, we are committed to ensuring that we deliver a safe environment for all students, allowing room to debate and express a range of considered opinions.. In order to establish this every opinion given by students is valued and also challenged in order to stimulate academic enquiry. Alongside this, the Politics Department is committed to providing a rigorous curriculum focused on independent enquiry and political understanding in order to aid in preparation for A-Level examinations and wider life both generally and academically.

 

Impact 

As a department, we have helped to develop students into independent enquirers who are able to critically analyse events both in a political and a wider sense. We have developed students who are confident in their ability to analyse and engage with those around them. We as a department have also given students the skills required to thrive at university and wider life, whether it be through preparation for public presenting, writing skills or general interpersonal skills. Many students choose Politics related courses at university showing how much they enjoy and gain from the Politics course of study.

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus.  For more information see the Edexcel website. The course is 100% exam with no coursework required.

Year 12 Course of Study Year 13 Course of Study
Component 1: UK Politics

Political Participation

  • Democracy and Political Participation
  • Political Parties
  • Electoral Systems
  • Voting Behaviour and the Media

Core Political Ideas

  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
Component 3: Comparative Politics USA

 

  • Constitution and Federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court and Civil Rights
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Comparative Theories
Component 2: UK Government

UK Government

  • Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Relationships between the Branches

Non-Core Political Ideas

  • Multiculturalism

We advice to students to follow current political events by reading broadsheet newspapers and watching political shows like Questiontime, Newsnight, Peston and Daily Politics.

As part of the course students will visit Parliament and meet and question their local MPs.