Politics at Sir Thomas Rich's

Political decisions shape all of our lives, right now and in the future. By studying of Politics we can become better informed citizens and participants in our democratic processes.

The study of Politics at Sir Thomas Rich’s School is an increasingly popular subject. Our Sixth Formers are passionate about the subject, and eager to become active citizens in the British democratic process. Equally, they are enthused by their study of US political systems and are fascinated by similarities and contrasts with the British democratic process.

Politics is not just an absorbing study in its own right. It also encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills. Students further develop their skills of selection, comprehension, communication, interpretation, synthesis and evaluation; all of which are valuable transferrable skills, useful for any degree or future employment opportunity.

Entry Requirements: A GCSE Grade 6 in English Language is required to study this course.
Teaching Arrangements: Year 12: 7 period per week
Year 13: 7 periods per week
Homework Guidance: You will be expected to do a minimum of 2 hours per week. The Politics Department operates on a flipped classroom approach. You will prepare for all lessons in advance using video and multimedia resources from the Prechewed Politics website that the Department subscribes to.
Assessment Arrangements: Paper 1: 2 hours
Paper 2: 2 hours
Paper 3: 2 hours
Exam Specification: Edexcel A-Level Politics Topics Covered:
Year 12
  • Paper 1 UK government
    • Democracy and participation
    • Political parties
    • Electoral systems
    • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Paper 2 UK government
    • The constitution
    • Parliament
    • Prime Minister and executive
    • Relationships between the branches.
Year 13
  • Paper 1
    • Core political ideas
  • Paper 2
    • Optional political ideas
  • Paper 3 USA + comparative with UK
    • The US Constitution and federalism
    • US Congress
    • US presidency
    • US Supreme Court and civil rights
    • US Democracy and participation
    • Comparative Politics.

For associated reading lists for Key Stage 5 are available on SharePoint.

University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto:
  • Economics
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Careers that Politics may lead onto:
  • Accountancy
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Economics
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

“I enjoy studying Politics because it is such a current and versatile subject. It particularly interests me because it is so different from any of the other subjects on offer. I also enjoy the A level course because it involves a lot of current affairs and is often in the news. For someone politically minded, the subject is very engaging and thoroughly enjoyable with the course covering many interesting aspects of Politics.
-- James Mounsor, Year 13
"Choosing Politics at A Level was a very good decision. All I ever talk about is Politics, and by doing the A Level, not only has my knowledge on the subject been strengthened, but I have also come to enjoy the subject more. The course teachers are fantastic, keeping the entire class engaged, and ensuring that we are all fully prepared for examinations. As the year has progressed it has become more apparent to me that I might want to pursue a career in Politics, and definitely study it at university. Politics A Level was a real eye-opener for me, and has helped me make decisions about my future that I was previously struggling to make. I would highly recommend the subject, advising anyone with a basic interest in the subject to advance their knowledge and interest, and take the subject for A Level. "
-- Alfie Harrison, Year 12
"One of my favourite aspects of studying Politics during Year 12 was its relevance to current events. Politics is the subject that relates most to everyday life and allows for great discussions with peers. Politics links especially well with subjects such as History due to their overlapping topics, and has therefore helped me strengthen my understanding greatly. Politics lessons are engaging and enable students to participate in lively discussions, whilst voicing and developing our own opinions. Politics is a great choice of A Level for those interested in how our Government works, but also the sociological side of voting behaviour. I have very much enjoyed my Year 12 study of Politics and look forward to Year 13. "
-- Taiyse Rich, Year 12

Year 12: Annual visit to Westminster, and attendance at PMQs
Year 13: Trip to Washington and New York in February 2018