"Anyone who says they are not interested in politics is like a drowning man who insists he is not interested in water" (Plato) 4th Century BC.

Ever wanted to find out what Margaret Thatcher was really all about?

  • Why do we still have a queen and what is her role?
  • Why was there an expenses scandal involving our MPs?
  • Why is Britain dominated by two political parties?
  • Who is calling the shots, Politicians or the media?

'Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen.  We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.' (Dalai Lama)

  • Why is our voting system seen as unfair and is there a better way?
  • Should everybody be made to vote or do we have a right not to vote?
  • What comes first, protecting you and me against possible terrorist attacks or defending the rights and freedoms of the individual? Here is a link to  the Equality and Human Rights commission.
  • Ever shouted at the television while watching Question Time, unimpressed by the politicians and saying that you could do better? (Oh, that'll just be me then).

These are just some of the many political issues that we will cover on this course which will help you understand how our country is run and our rights and responsibilities within that system. By the end of the course you will have developed a much fuller understanding of the political system of this country, its key political ideas and philosophies and the many issues it throws up. You will also have developed crucial transferable skills such as the ability to debate, to analyse written and visual sources and to evaluate complex issues.

You will practise how to construct a balanced and coherent written argument, appreciating different points of view and being able to make comparisons between the British system and those of other countries, such as the USA's, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches. The course will be invaluable for those going on to study courses like History and Politics and Law at University, while you will also have a much keener understanding of current affairs and key issues developing in the world around.