Politics & International Relations

  • ‘Politics has nothing to do with me…’ Not true!

Just think of all the things that will have an effect on you as you grow up and leave school. University fees, the cost of petrol to put into your new car, getting a job, income tax, VAT, healthcare, transport, buying a flat or house; the list is endless (and don’t forget climate change, the fight against terrorism, trying to deal with global poverty, and all the other international issues you can think of). And all of them will be directly affected by decisions made by the UK government.

The Politics A-level investigates how our government makes these decisions and what factors influence them. It also discovers the dynamic ways in which ordinary people make their voices heard, whether in elections or taking direct action. At A2 the focus is more on political beliefs and international issues, especially those since the dramatic events of 9/11 made the world look at itself in a new way.

So, maybe Politics does have something to do with you after all. Have a look at the rest of the website and make up your own mind.


  • Do St. Cat’s girls study Politics beyond school? Yes, they do!

Girls who have studied Politics A-level at St. Catherine’s have gone on to study Politics-based degrees such as Politics & Economics, Politics & Sociology, Politics & International Studies, Politics & French, Politics & Law, PPE, and, of course, Politics itself. They have studied at a variety of universities including Bath, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, the London School of Economics, Loughborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, and Warwick.
Further information on undergraduate Politics courses and possible careers is available at http://www.he.courses-careers.com/politics.htm