This course will introduce participants to the essentials of UK politics, including the history of the United Kingdom’s constitution and political processes, the workings of democracy in the UK and some of the wider debates surrounding the British political system. The sessions, delivered over three days, will offer an introduction to UK politics for those who are interested in studying the subject at A-Level and beyond or who have begun to study UK Politics as part of their course or are just curious to learn more about how politics works in the UK. The course will be mainly discussion-led and offer participants the opportunity to engage with a variety of sources which offer insights into UK politics. It will also allow participants to develop their skills of interpretation, analysis and argument.
For those interested in studying Politics for A Level and wanting to get the background in place as well as those who have already begun their A Level studies and want to get a further understanding of UK Politics.
The first day of the course will consider the nature of politics and government and of power, authority and democracy, introducing participants to some of the key terms required to understand a contemporary political system. The session will then move onto consider the social and historical context of UK politics in particular and the contemporary position of the UK within global politics.
The second day of the course will consider the nuts and bolts of the UK political system, including the Westminster model of politics, the UK constitution and the nature of representation in the UK.
The third day of the course will consider some of the most contemporary debates within UK politics, about how the system might be changed and its strengths and weaknesses. The session will focus on debates surrounding how democracy and representation can be improved in the UK and also the changing location of power in UK politics.
As a Keystone Professional Tutor Tom teaches Politics to all levels. Tom read History and Politics as an undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford.
- Maximum Class Size: 7
- Platform: Lessons will take place on Microsoft Teams, which is free and straightforward for students to use. Our team will be on hand to help you get setup before your first session. Take a look at this video to see our online teaching in action.