Politics is an A-level subject only and all DC students can opt to study the subject post-16 without pre-requisites. The Politics Department is housed in the school’s ‘A’ Block, the department is well resourced, containing a Politics library and with all classrooms featuring interactive whiteboards. There are currently four members of the department, all of whom are also specialist historians. Politics has a good track record of achievement in recent public exams.
The department places an emphasis on teacher’s specialist subject knowledge and all teachers maintain an up-to-date knowledge of, and interest in, UK and global politics. Teachers are also very focused on the transmission of A-level study skills, with a particular focus on essay writing. The department aims to teach beyond the core curriculum and to stretch and challenge the most able students by making appropriate links to knowledge and concepts outside of the courses.
Students are expected to acquire a deep knowledge of contemporary politics and a mastery of the skills required to conduct complex political analysis; they will also be expected to become familiar with the post-1945 historical context of UK and global Politics. Students will engage in discussions and debates, give presentations and complete written assignments, some of which will involve independent research. We expect our students to become increasingly engaged in UK and global political issues (applying their learning to the world around them) demonstrating this engagement by participating actively in lessons throughout the year.