Considering doing A-level Politics, what does the course involve and what would you say it is like difficulty-wise? I don't know anything about politics atm tbh, but it does seem interesting. Would aim for A/A*. Thanks!
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- 24-10-2015 21:50
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- 26-10-2015 06:20
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- 30-10-2015 22:52
I'm currently studying AQA A level politics and I'm currently in A2. I got an A.
In Year 12 we studied British Politics and in year 13 we are studying American Politics.
In Year 12 we studied four topics - Voting Behaviour and Participation, the Constitution and Judiciary, Political Parties/Pressure Groups and the Government (Legislature and Executive). Don't worry if these mean nothing to you as you will learn everything once you start the course.However I would say watch the news every so often (I knew more than I released thanks to watching BBC news everyday) and be aware of politics e.g. the parties ideology (what they believe) and who the leaders are.
I would say the topics are fairly difficult but they once they click you'll be fine (especially if you have good and passionate teachers) and they were plenty of people in my class who knew nothing about politics. Plus, my class performed the best in my year group when the results came in, everyone met or exceeded their target grade!
Also, there are two 1 and 30 minute exams which four topics on each and you only need to answer two topics (this includes a five mark, 10 mark and 25 mark question) so in reality you only need to revise two topics inside out or three fairly well and pick the topics on the day with good questions.
Ultimately the decision is with you but I thoroughly enjoyed politics, especially as we had the general election and Scottish referendum happening as we studied. Unlike other subjects e.g. chemistry, there's always something exciting happening in politics and if you throw in a bit of humour like we did, it will be enjoyable! Plus, if you're deciding to study history, politics goes very hand in hand as I understood all of the political theory/processes that arose when studying British history and similarly in politics I knew the historical background.
I enjoined politics so much I've decided to study it at university.Last edited by kerrcurr; 30-10-2015 at 22:53.
- 02-11-2015 16:56
Hi there. I'm also studying AQA Government and Politics atm and I'm in my A2 year. I got an A in AS.
If you're a newbie to Politics, I would recommend downloading a news app and just make a habit of checking it every day when you have a spare minute. This will help you massively as examiners love students who back up every point with a contemporary example!!! If you study the units I did in AS which were GOVP1 and GOVP2 (check this with your college so you can look at the specifications and see if you like it) then you will really enjoy it, GOVP1 is a great unit as it gives you the nuts and bolts of the political system, electoral systems etc so you get a good knowledge if you're a beginner.
It's my favourite a level, would honestly recommend it 100%!!
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