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Government and Politics

Studying Government and Politics can be summed up as ‘studying the real world and developing the skills to make sense of that world’. No other topic is quite as central to everyday life; it helps pupils to understand how our society is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. 
 
A Level Politics students are recognised as flexible individuals with a wide range of skills to suit a variety of careers. Whether you are an aspiring law-maker or fancy yourself as a political activist; A Level Government and Politics is key to acquiring the skills needed. 
 
According to the Political Studies Association, “Studying Britain now is probably more exciting than it’s ever been. Widespread constitutional reforms have changed the political map. Debates over sovereignty and co-operation are likely to rage long and hard.”
It’s an interesting time in UK politics, and those who choose to study with Newcastle-under-Lyme School will discover further how to best navigate difficult topics such as; who gets power, how they use that power, what makes society fair, right down to the nature of freedom and the strengths and limitations of democracy; ultimately equipping them with breadth of skills needed to tackle tricky issues. 
 
Here are a few great reasons to study A Level Government and Politics:
 
  1. Pupils will better know their own rights
  2. It helps those studying to clarify their own beliefs and views
  3. Creates a level of awareness of the adult world, i.e. voting systems, elections, as well as the British constitution and judiciary system
  4. Provides invaluable transferable skills for students to move across the spectrum of subjects, i.e. communication, debate, research, and writing skills.
 
In addition to topics covered in Lower Sixth, in the Upper Sixth candidates’ studies takes them further afield into American politics, providing them with an international perspective. They will be able to study and then compare the Politics and Government of the USA to those of Britain and will further develop their knowledge and understanding of ideologies. 
 
What career paths will Government and Politics allow me to pursue?
 
  • Law, Management, Retail, Accountancy, and Banking
  • Civil Service
  • The Media and Publishing
  • Pressure Groups
  • Political Consultancy
  • Political Activity
 
Students from Newcastle under Lyme School have, most recently, gone on to read subjects such as ‘Politics and International Relations’ (Lancaster University), ‘Policy, Politics and Economics’ (Birmingham University), ‘Politics’ (Leeds Beckett), ‘International Politics and Policy History’ (Liverpool University) and ‘Government and History’ (London School of Economics). 71% of NULS Government and Politics pupils achieved Grade C or above between years 2016-18, with 38% achieving a Grade B or above. 
 
Beyond the classroom staff and students have, in recent years, set up a Model United Nations Society and attended MUN conferences; most recently at Stockport Grammar in March. In a MUN simulation, students take on the role of diplomats representing state and non-state actors and debate political issues with the aim of producing a resolution agreed by the entire committee - a great co-curricular activity developing communication and debate skills.
 
If you’d like to find out more about studying with our Sixth Form, you can do so by visiting the Sixth Form page on the NULS website. 
 
This year’s GCSE Politics pupils (2019) achieved 100% A* - B grades.