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    Just finished my AS year, and I've written up my personal statement for a History and Politics joint degree.

    However, I'm incredibly conflicted whether or not to take politics or history. First of all I have grown a very big fascination with politics in recent years which has almost surpassed my interest in history. I also seem to be doing a lot better at it in my A levels. But then again, I love history, it's a very respectable subject and there are elements which do interest me.

    I want to become a history teacher when I leave school and work my way into politics eventually, but with a politics degree I could just teach politics instead?

    Would doing a joint satisfy this constant conflict going on in my head? That's what I appear to be attracting myself to....

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    A couple of points :

    1. If you look at the course descriptions for a variety of History and Politics courses at a variety of different Unis you will see that actually 'History' also includes political history and 'Politics' includes history of politics. The two are not mutually exclusive. Therefore you do not have to do a joint degree to do both.

    2. All History courses and all Politics courses are different at different Unis. Different topics and different approaches to the subject. One Uni may run a History course that concentrates on modern history, another that has specialisms in Medieval history, Chinese history, the British Empire or Cultural history etc etc. One Uni's Politics course may be all about Government and Constitution, another's may run units on Social Exclusion, Feminist politics, the Politics of Racism or a case study on US Civil Rights etc etc. You need to read IN DETAIL all the optional unit descriptions for ALL the three years of a course and think about what Units you would choose - and why.

    3. You dont need a politics degree to work in politics. It's not a vocational course.
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    (Original post by Cameron10)
    Just finished my AS year, and I've written up my personal statement for a History and Politics joint degree.

    However, I'm incredibly conflicted whether or not to take politics or history. First of all I have grown a very big fascination with politics in recent years which has almost surpassed my interest in history. I also seem to be doing a lot better at it in my A levels. But then again, I love history, it's a very respectable subject and there are elements which do interest me.

    I want to become a history teacher when I leave school and work my way into politics eventually, but with a politics degree I could just teach politics instead?

    Would doing a joint satisfy this constant conflict going on in my head? That's what I appear to be attracting myself to....

    Thanks
    Politics teachers are usually expected to teach History as well as there will typically only be 2 Politics classes a year (one AS & one A2).
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    (Original post by Cameron10)
    Just finished my AS year, and I've written up my personal statement for a History and Politics joint degree.

    However, I'm incredibly conflicted whether or not to take politics or history. First of all I have grown a very big fascination with politics in recent years which has almost surpassed my interest in history. I also seem to be doing a lot better at it in my A levels. But then again, I love history, it's a very respectable subject and there are elements which do interest me.

    I want to become a history teacher when I leave school and work my way into politics eventually, but with a politics degree I could just teach politics instead?

    Would doing a joint satisfy this constant conflict going on in my head? That's what I appear to be attracting myself to....

    Thanks
    All of the Politics teachers in my school also teach History. I think most of them have joint degrees, so maybe that would work best for you as it would allow you to study and teach both of them.
 
 
 
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