Government and Politics
The CCSS approach to A Level Politics in one year
In the One-Year Politics course the emphasis from the first lesson is on the completion of subject-specific topics in relation to exam criteria. Students are taught to engage in politics in a way that is efficient, cutting through the ‘red tape’ associated with superfluous information that inhabits every form of online media. Time is at a premium on this course, but the time allowance of 7½ hours each week is almost twice that found in many schools’ one-year courses.
The notion of the ‘flipped classroom’ is employed, where students are always given in advance the next lesson or weeks’ worth of work. Along with their allocation of homework to be completed each week, independent reading and research tasks can also be completed in advance of moving on to a new topic.
Politics specific work booklets and local parliamentary candidates/speakers are incorporated into the scheme of work along with the promotion of becoming actively involved in the local climate through membership of local lobbyist groups and attending constituency surgeries and local party campaign trails. This enables student knowledge to grow faster and encourages self-critical reflection on learning and understanding. These ‘independent learner’ skills are imperative to succeeding in a one-year course but also a key facet of success in university education.
Teacher-student interaction also steps up to a new level with work, articles, exam questions and even formative or summative assessment fed back through interactive forms of media including twitter and a ‘Google sites’ webpage. Politics specific trips incorporate key aspects of the course including Parliament and the Supreme Court along with meeting key members of the Executive including James Brokenshire who also doubles as a member of CCSS alumni.
The One-Year course is a fast-paced, exciting opportunity to cover the best of both UK and US politics. It not only guides students to develop their own learning needs and styles but also places them in a unique, interactive classroom environment where the love of politics sits alongside the prospect of achieving academic excellence.
A good standard of English is important, but the main qualification is curiosity about how society works, and an interest in current affairs. To get the most out of the subject you will need to keep up to date with current events through newspapers, TV, radio and the internet.
Politics combines particularly well with Economics, Business Studies, English, History, Law and Sociology, but equally complements most subjects because of its immediate relevance and focus on current affairs.
After A Level
Well regarded by all universities, Politics A Level can lead directly to single subject degrees in Politics or International Relations, and to a wide variety of combined courses. There is a considerable range of options open to graduates, including TV and newspaper journalism, the law, the home and diplomatic civil service, local government, business management and political research.
One main strength though, is that it will give you the knowledge and transferable skills to evaluate and understand some of the most important forces shaping the future of us all.