Government & Politics is taught in the Sixth Form. Global and domestic politics constantly shift and shape all our lives making this a dynamic, fascinating and highly relevant subject.
The Politics Department aims
- Instil in the students a long standing fascination and desire to participate in politics along with a well-founded appreciation of what it offers both academically and pastorally
- Develop essential knowledge and understanding of political structures, systems and theories and how they relate to and are important for everyday life as a politically active citizen
- Develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation
- Thoroughly prepare pupils for external examinations and enhance their chances of securing their first choice of university
It is a fascinating time to study Government and Politics. Understanding contemporary events and the political theories underpinning them will help boys to form their own opinions about the ever changing world of politics.
The full Government & Politics A Level offers an introduction to the British political system at AS and then moves on to take a look at Political Ideologies and American Politics at A2. No prior knowledge is required, but it is expected that boys will have a healthy curiosity about the world and a desire to understand political events at a deeper level. Politics fits into several different subject combinations, particularly those in the humanities and social science disciplines. Boys have a far greater awareness of the world of politics through regular media discussions in class.
Currently boys sit two AS examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth year and the remaining A2 units in the Upper Sixth year. There is no coursework component. Regular reading of quality newspapers and journals is expected to expand appreciation of the topical nature of this subject.
Politics is a very well respected A Level. Successful students will gain skills of analysis, independent thought and presentation of logical and structured argument. Politics is becoming an increasingly popular option at university and indeed at A Level. It is offered in different subject combinations at both Oxford and Cambridge. Politics can help in accessing any number of careers. Obvious choices would include the Civil Service, local government, journalism or working for pressure groups, charities or think tanks with a political emphasis. There is also a chance to explore politics outside the classroom with an annual to Westminster for the Lower 6th students and a biannual trip to Washington DC for both Lower and Upper Sixth students of Politics and History.
Debating is an increasingly popular co-curricular activity at Hampton. Several boys also compete at national level in the Oxford Union, Cambridge Union and Observer Mace competitions.
Model United Nations
Hampton boys take part in a number of MUN events throughout the academic years. We attend conferences at The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Reigate Grammar School and Haileybury School. The conferences are an opportunity for secondary school students of all ages to explore and debate the major global issues of the day. MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.
The boys are asked to prepare policy statements and resolutions in advance, to address some of the world’s most pressing problems. The aim over the course of the conference is to get their resolutions debated and passed by the policy committees.
MUN is open to all boys in the School from Year Three to Sixth Form.
To complement the academic teaching of Government and Politics, the school runs a Talk! programme and invites political commentators and politicians of all parties to share their experiences and discuss current issues. Local MP’s including, Dr Tania Mathias, Dr Vincent Cable and Zac Goldsmith, visit the School on a regular basis.