Dr. L. O’ Neill (Head of Department)

Miss C. O’ Neill

General aims

Politics and Government is offered at St Malachy’s High School at AS and A2 level. Government and Politics is a challenging and rewarding subject that suits any student who is interested in people, power and fairness in society.

Studying Government and Politics gives students a real insight into the world in which they live. Students learn how political decisions are made and who has the power and authority to make those decisions. They also develop their skills of evaluation and analysis as they debate topical and controversial issues, form their own political opinions and study different ideological viewpoints.

Post 16 programmes of study

The A level is assessed through written examination and source based questions. Four units are studied over a two year period.

AS Level;  

Module One: The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland (worth 40% of AS Grade)

Module Two: The British Political Process (worth 60% of AS Grade)

A2 Level;

Module Three: Comparative Government UK and USA (worth 60% of A2 Grade)

Module Four: Political Power (worth 40% of AS Grade)

Extra-curricular activities

Politics students have previously visited Stormont in Belfast and the Dail in Dublin. Last year studentswere invited to meet the Irish President, Mary McAlesse, in Aras an Uachtarain. Politics students are also encouraged to participate in political protests and debating competitions. For example, last year students campaigned to save Downe Hospital and were the prestigious winners of the First Citizen’s Forum debating competition in Downpatrick.


Career opportunities

Students of Politics and Government can be found in many varied professions, not just as politicians involved in local and national politics. For example, politics is a great foundation for a career in law, business, teaching, Public Relations, marketing, advertising, research and the civil service.

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