Government and Politics

Politics is the most dynamic subject you can study, it changes every day. Studying the course you will answer questions such as: what is power; why do people vote the way they do; do we have a ‘participation crisis’ in the UK; why are some Prime Minsters more powerful than others and to what extent the UK is a good example of a liberal democracy?

  • Course Outline
    • Paper 1 UK politics

        UK Democracy and Participation: is the UK a good example
        of a liberal democracy? Is there a ‘participation crisis’ in the UK?
        UK Voting Behaviour: why do people vote for the party or candidate they do? Why do some people not vote?
        Political Parties: understanding the history and policies of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties
        UK Pressure Groups: how do groups like Greenpeace and the CBI influence the political system?
        UK Core Executive: a look at the inner working of the UK government including the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
        Parliament: a study of the UK’s legislative branch. Is it effective in carrying out its key functions?

      Paper 2 – US and comparative politics

        U.S. Constitution: analysing the US’s codified constitution and federal system of government.
        US Political Parties: an evaluation of the Republican
        & Democrat parties.
        U.S. Congress: a study of the House of Representatives
        and the Senate
        U.S. Presidency: evaluating presidents from George
        Washington to Donald Trump

      Paper 3 – Political ideas

        Liberalism: studying core liberal concepts such as freedom
        and justice.
        Conservatism: studying core conservative principles such
        as hierarchy and property
        Socialism: studying core socialists concepts such as
        collectivism and equality
        Nationalism: studying core nationalist principles such as sovereignty and the state
  • Career Opportunities & Further Study
    • We have students go to study politics and politics related subjects at universities around the subject. Apart from straight politics courses many choose to take it with Law, History, Philosophy or Economics. Other students study Parliamentary Studies, Journalism, American Studies or International Relations. Careers in the Civil Service are common.

  • Trips & Events
    • We have many guest speakers, including MPs, Lords, Civil Servants and local politicians. We enter students for Model UN and debating competitions (We are NW Champions!). We also have a trip to Parliament and there is a provisional trip to Washington DC planned for 2018.

  • Useful Links

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

What our students say

“I'm not ashamed to admit that I absolutely loved studying Politics at Aquinas! My class mates and teacher were lovely and there was always plenty of politics debate, but above all - the course itself was fascinating. Studying Politics helped me to understand not only how politics works in the UK and helped me figure out my own personal politics and ideology, but also developed my study skills ready for university”

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