Educating concerned, informed, adaptable
members of the world community

"...Stimulating ,challenging and opens up a range of career opportunities"


Government & Politics is a two-year A-level course.

It is an interesting and varied course and is an excellent qualification for the following careers:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • The Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Charity work
  • and many others

At Thornhill College there are no formal requirements for studying Government and Politics, although a good standard of English and an interest in current affairs is essential.

What the pupils think
  • "...interesting because you learn about the world around you."
  • "..You meet people in power and gain an insight into the institutions of Government"
  • "...Stimulating ,challenging and opens up a range of career opportunities"


The Politics Society

The Politics Society is a group of students interested in politics and current affairs. It meets every week to organise events such as debates, quizzes and meetings with senior politicians. Recently we have organised question-time sessions with:

  • Patricia Lewsley (NI Children's Commissioner)
  • Dawn Purvis (PUP)
  • Eamon McCann (People Before Profit)
  • Martin McGuiness (Sinn Fein)
  • Gregory Campbell (DUP)
  • David Trimble (UUP)
  • Mark Durkan (SDLP)
  • Carmel Hanna (SDLP)
  • (The late) David Ervine (PUP)
  • Martina Anderson (Sinn Fein)
  • David Ford (Alliance)
    and other senior politicians

The meetings are always very enjoyable, extremely well-organised and the standard of debate is very high.

 The Student Council

At Thornhill College we have a student council which includes representatives from all year groups. The council is an active body which represents the interests of pupils within the school. Each year new representatives are elected and the Politics Society is very much involved in organising the elections and pre-election campaigning.


Government & Politics



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