St. Mary's


Is this course for me?

At St. Mary’s Government and Politics is popular with students who enjoy current affairs, debates and discussions, who wish to study a subject that is vibrant and exciting. The Academy regularly hosts visits from MPs and councillors. Trips, eg to Parliament and party conferences, are also popular. Recently our students have met MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Ed Miliband, Andy Burnham, Gordon Marsden, Paul Maynard, Theresa May, Philip Hammond and George Osbourne. Students have assisted in the running of student council elections within St. Mary’s and been involved with the national youth council.

Areas of Study

100% examination.

Politics is a subject that both unites and divides people in issues that are directly relevant to all our lives – like health, economy, education, crime, war and peace. How do we meet the challenges and questions that our country faces every day?

Current topics include: Voting Behaviour and Electoral Systems, Parties and Pressure Groups; Parliament and Government, the EU and the Constitution; Political Ideologies and Government of the USA

Future Opportunities

The Russell Group regard Government & Politics A Level as one of the key challenging subjects that allow entry to the most prestigious courses at undergraduate level. It is seen as a traditional academic subject providing evidence of a student’s ability to produce detailed written arguments and reach valid judgements based on strong analysis of supporting evidence. The course is an excellent preparation for a wide variety of university courses and people orientated careers such as law, journalism, human resources, medicine, sciences, civil service, PR and, of course, politics and local government.

Exam Board: AQA