Politics

Why study Politics at Isaac Newton Academy?

We are currently experiencing the most tumultuous political climate that we have faced in decades. With the UK going through the process of fulfilling Brexit, the United States facing the leadership of a President preoccupied with twitter, and the conflicts in the Middle East showing no sign of ending, having an understanding of politics is increasingly becoming necessary in order to make sense of the world.

At Isaac Newton Academy, our Politics department will provide a contemporary and demanding curriculum, which, through the use of case-studies and illustrative examples will create a clear and constant link between what you are learning in the classroom and what is taking place at Westminster. You will also develop your critical thinking skills and cultivate your ability to write effectively.

We believe that politics is not just a topic you study, it is an area that you should participate in. This means we will provide a broad and varied super-curricular programme, including the opportunity to engage in debate tournaments, Model United Nations conferences, trips to Parliament and the Supreme Court and also to various universities’ public lectures.

Students who study Politics A-level find that it acts as an excellent accompanying subject to a variety of degree courses and can led to a wide range of possible career paths, including areas of law, the civil service or international development. 

Exam Board: Edexcel

Topics Studied Include:

  • Democracy & Participation
  • Parliament
  • Voting Behaviour and the Media
  • Liberalism
  • Feminism
  • USA government and politics

Preparation for the course:

Due to the fact that Politics is a subject area many students are unlikely to have studied prior to sixth form, it is essential you are prepared for the amount of new content you will be expected to learn. In order to make this transition easier please complete both of the exercises below over the summer.

Download Summer Learning Exercise: Key Terms Glossary

Download Summer Learning Exercise: News and Current Affairs Journal

Download Summer Learning Exercise: The franchise in the UK

Useful Resources- Newspapers/TV/ Radio and Podcasts

It is crucial for any potential Politics student to have an acute awareness of current affairs. Below are a list of suggested news outlets and other resources that you use to complete the news and current affairs journal.

Newspapers/Magazines

  • The Guardian
  • The Telegraph
  • The Times
  • The Observer
  • The Spectator
  • The New Statesman

TV

  • The Daily Politics (Monday-Friday 11am, BBC Two)
  • Channel 4 News (Monday-Friday 7pm, Channel 4)
  • This Week (Thursday 11.45pm, BBC One)
  • Newsnight (Monday-Friday 10.30pm, BBC Two)
  • BBC Parliament

Radio/Podcasts

  • Week in Westminster (Saturday 11am, BBC Radio 5/Podcast)
  • Pienaar’s Politics (Sunday 10am, BBC Radio 5 Live/ Podcast)
  • Westminster Hour (Sunday 10pm, BBC Radio 4/Podcast)
  • The Times Red Box (Podcast)
  • The Guardian UK: Politics Weekly (Podcast)
  • The Spectator- Coffee House Shots (Podcast)
  • NPR Politics (Podcast) USA