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I put down philosophy on my form but am edging towards politics, could people who do them give me some pros and cons of each please?


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For me, Philosophy is more interesting, but it can be difficult to get to grips with. I'd say Politics is slightly easier (parts of it are interesting, but there are laborious bits, too.)
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Depends more on what you intend to do after college really Philosophy is considered to be more difficult of the two, but I think they're both respectable.

I've only done philosophy (for a year) so i couldn't offer you an unbias view.
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Never done philosophy but politics is interesting and not too hard (if you can write essays)
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I'm also taking German, maths and history, the latter of which goes better with politics, I'm not sure whether I have the interest in philosophy to maintain it at A Level. For politics, is it essential to have a firm grip of British politics now, or can that be picked up? I know a bit but I'm no expert.


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I do history and politics and there are loads of overlaps, like in the structure of the essays and sometimes in the content. It does help to do both because you can write politics related things in history essays to impress the examiner and vice versa I knew literally nothing about politics when I started but it's one of those subjects that you'll get the hang of really quickly!! And you can always start reading about the subject when you start the course, so there's no need to worry now

Pros/cons of politics:

+relevant and useful for understanding everyday news
+useful for a range of uni subjects, e.g. international relations, psychology, law, and even medicine
+makes you seem really smart and knowledgeable

-LOTS of content (it's interesting and easy to pick up, but there's a lot of it)
-soooo many essays
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^^thank you very much, think I'll go with politics for next year


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