Government and Politics


Statement of intent

Government and Politics at Campion aims to raise awareness of modern political issues, both in the UK, US and beyond. Politics impacts at a range of scales from local to global encouraging students to develop their analytical and debating skills and to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to excel.   Politics encourages a critical approach to look at processes, theory and contextual issues.    Government and Politics allows students to develop an interest in the importance of politics in everyday life and consider perspectives leading to a wide choice of potential careers as well as being a well rounded citizen in modern day Britain.”

Curriculum map




Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

UK Political parties-examining the main policies and history of the parties

UK Parliament-examining how the Commons and Lords operate

UK Constitution-examining sources of our constitution

UK Electoral Systems-examining which voting systems are used in which elections and their benefits

UK Prime Minister and Cabinet-examining the relationship between the above and parliament

UK Voting behaviour and the Media-exploring patterns and the impact of modern and traditional media

UK Relationship between branches (EU and Judiciary)-examining how the Judiciary acts as a check

US constitution and Federalism-examining the origins of the document and the growth of the US

US congress-examining the two chambers and their impact

US Supreme Court and Civil Rights-examining landmark cases and their impact

US Presidency-examining the various roles of the President and how this changes

Year 13

US democracy and participation (Electoral Systems)-examining how the US votes compared to the UK

US democracy and participation (Interest Groups)-comparing US pressure group influence to the UK

US democracy and participation (Political parties)-examining the main policies of the two parties

Liberalism-examining thinkers and theory around this ideology

Conservatism-examining thinkers and theory around this ideology

Socialism-examining thinkers and theory around this ideology

Feminism-examining thinkers and theory around this ideology

Revision of all of the above

Revision-examination preparation

Students who study A level Politics will study the Edexcel courses.

Students will have:

  • The ability to look at all UK and US political parties
  • The ability to consider the importance of a constitution
  • The ability to analyse political theory
  • The ability to study how Government works in the UK and US
  • The ability to argue and debate both orally and in writing
  • The ability to study and visit political institutions
  • The ability to research current topical issues and how parties respond to these
  • The ability to see how people get involved in politics without voting

By studying this subject students will:

  • Develop the ability and ambition to communicate with peers in speech and writing
  • Develop and broaden horizons and be encouraged to step beyond familiar social boundaries
  • Develop new ways of seeing the world
  • Develop and express thoughts and ideas spontaneously as well as writing articulate essays
  • Compare and contrast our own political system with that of another country
  • Develop understanding of recent and current political issues seeing these from all perspectives
  • Develop personal confidence and independence, especially with regard to debating
  • Develop research skills

Career Implications

Studying politics may lead to a wide variety of career paths and becoming a career politician is just one option. Politics could be a great advantage in the business world as some companies want employees who have a global outlook and an awareness of how business is dependent on political issues. Students could go on to work in many roles including the following:

  • politicians
  • administrators
  • civil service
  • diplomatic service
  • research
  • charities
  • human resources
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • investment analyst
  • management
  • teacher

Head of Subject

Mr S.King