Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in any Humanities subject at GCSE

Exam Board

Pearson (Edexcel)

Why Choose Politics?

Ernest Benn described politics as

‘’the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

  1. Politics helps you to know your rights
  2. Politics clarifies what you yourself believe
  3. Politics is a living, breathing subject
  4. Politics helps you to understand our nation's parties
  5. Politics prepares you for adult life 
What is Involved?

In the first year of the course, students will study British politics which is assessed in two examination papers. In one, they will explore the workings of democracy and the policies of different political parties, dissect voter behaviour and follow the role of the media in politics. Students will also appreciate key political ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism. In the next paper, students will understand the inner workings of government from how parliament functions to the role of the Prime Minister and the elusive British constitution. At a time of great constitutional change, in the wake of Brexit and changing leadership in the main political parties, this is the most exciting time to be studying British politics.

In the second year of study, students will explore another paper in U.S. politics. They will understand how the U.S. constitution works and why owning a gun is seen as a fundamental right, they will see just how much (or how little) power the President has, and whether Trump is really able to " build a great, great wall on our southern border, and…have Mexico pay for that wall”. They will discover the importance of the Supreme Court and how it controversially legalised same-sex marriage, and chart the rise of civil rights and racial struggles in the U.S. system. With a new President, A-level Politics will give you a valuable insight into arguably the most powerful country on earth.

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examination results

81%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

94%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

100%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-E

what we've been up to...

25Feb '20

Good luck to our #WKGSY13 students who are starting their mock exams tomorrow #GoodLuck ☘️ #TryYourBest 👍 https://t.co/YIY8LxWdop

25Feb '20

#WKGSY9 had another amazing trip to the South of Spain 🇪🇸 during the half term ☀️☀️☀️ They visited La Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Gibralfaro in Málaga 🏰 & Benalmádena amongst other wonderful activities. Looks like an great time was had by all! 🇪🇸☀️👍 #Spain 🇪🇸 #WKGSOnTour✈️ #WKGSMFL #EducationalGlobetrotting 🌍

25Feb '20

Little update on the most recent development in the Democratic race theguardian.com/us-news/video/… @WKGS_6thForm #uspolitics #edexcelpol #democracy

25Feb '20

Good luck to all of our Year 13 students sitting their mock examinations tomorrow. Just do your best @WKGS_6thForm https://t.co/olZjPIYoZb

24Feb '20

What an experience for our @WKGS_Theatre students who went on an amazing trip to New York 🌃🗽 They seen many famous sights including #Broadway #CentralPark #StatueOfLiberty #ChelseaHighline & the #EmpireStateBuilding A fantastic time had by all #NYC🗽🇺🇸 #WKGSOnTour ✈️#WKGSDrama https://t.co/ZmLcXs6fKV

24Feb '20

What an experience for our Drama students who went on an amazing trip to New York City 🌃🗽 They seen many famous sights including #Broadway #CentralPark #StatueOfLiberty #ChelseaHighline and the #EmpireStateBuilding A fantastic time had by all! #NYC 🌃🗽🇺🇸 #WKGSOnTour ✈️#WKGSDrama 🎭 #EducationalGlobetrotting 🌍

24Feb '20

Well done to our @WKGS_Geography department who ran another fantastic trip to Iceland 🇮🇸 over half term. The students were able to witness some amazing sites, including the #NorthernLights 🌌💫🌟 #Iceland 🇮🇸 #WKGSOnTour ✈️ #WKGSGeography 🗺 🌋#EducationalGlobetrotting https://t.co/7lcZRlbUn6

24Feb '20

Well done to our Geography department who ran another fantastic trip to Iceland 🇮🇸 over half term. The students were able to witness some amazing sites, including the #NorthernLights 🌌💫🌟 #Iceland 🇮🇸 #WKGSOnTour ✈️ #WKGSGeography 🗺 🌋#EducationalGlobetrotting

24Feb '20

Great to see that so many of our students had a wonderful time skiing ⛷️ on the slopes of Austria 🇦🇹 over half term. #WKGSOnTour #WKGSSkiing #EducationalGlobetrotting #Ski #Austria 🇦🇹⛷️🙌❄️🎿

24Feb '20

Great to see that so many of our students had a wonderful time skiing ⛷️ on the slopes of Austria 🇦🇹 over half term. #WKGSOnTour #WKGSSkiing #EducationalGlobetrotting #Ski #Austria 🇦🇹⛷️🙌❄️🎿 https://t.co/u4l5aAgvlV

21Feb '20

Kindness is about showing compassion. There are many ways that we can be compassionate or show empathy towards other people. 💚 Taking time to be kind to other people can be beneficial for your own emotional wellbeing. happiful.com/simple-ways-to… #BeKind #wellbeing #mentalhealth

20Feb '20

Useful read for Year 13 G&P students. Perfect material for our current work on political parties @WKGS_6thForm twitter.com/HistoryExtra/s…

15Feb '20

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14Feb '20

Just for fun 🥰❤️#historyvalentines #youandmegottawholelotofhistory @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/35TchahwGh

14Feb '20

The end of another great half-term at WKGS. We hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable break. We are back to school on Monday 24th February (Week 🅱️) #ChooseToBeYou #HappyHalfTerm #SchoolHoliday