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HI, I was just wondering what A-Level Politics is like and if it's worth taking at all, as I'm kind of considering my options at the moment. I'm curious if there is a lot of essay writing involved - as even though I kind of find them a bit of a pain (like who doesn't? ) I still have a knack for writing them. Does it involve a lot of learning about current affairs - because as I am really interested in the world and have strong convictions about certain things, I still find the news hard to grasp.

Thank you for your help
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I do AQA politics. It's still an AS and it's very enjoyable. The content is easy to understand, and if you're blessed with a good teacher and a politically diverse class, you'll probably have a lot of debates which are always fun. Out of all my A levels, it's one of my favourites. In AS you learn about Voting behaviour, the constitution and our parliament (just to name a few areas) - in the second year you do American politics.
In terms of essay writing, it involves a 25, 10 and a 5 marker. The essays aren't too bad, it's the timing that sucks. Being a good essay writer will help.
It does involve learning current affairs as a lot of examples are involved. They're one of the most important things. You'll need to know things like the majority that Tony Blair had, the current cabinet, news events which you can put into your essays such as Liz Truss not protecting the judiciary after the Brexit High Court Ruling - as I said examples are important to show you're a higher level student who does wider reading and understands the question at hand.
All in all, you'll like the subject if you're a cogent, confident arguer, a decent essay writer and enjoy learning about current affairs.
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(Original post by rosie.mn)
I do AQA politics. It's still an AS and it's very enjoyable. The content is easy to understand, and if you're blessed with a good teacher and a politically diverse class, you'll probably have a lot of debates which are always fun. Out of all my A levels, it's one of my favourites. In AS you learn about Voting behaviour, the constitution and our parliament (just to name a few areas) - in the second year you do American politics.
In terms of essay writing, it involves a 25, 10 and a 5 marker. The essays aren't too bad, it's the timing that sucks. Being a good essay writer will help.
It does involve learning current affairs as a lot of examples are involved. They're one of the most important things. You'll need to know things like the majority that Tony Blair had, the current cabinet, news events which you can put into your essays such as Liz Truss not protecting the judiciary after the Brexit High Court Ruling - as I said examples are important to show you're a higher level student who does wider reading and understands the question at hand.
All in all, you'll like the subject if you're a cogent, confident arguer, a decent essay writer and enjoy learning about current affairs.
Oh hi again thank you for your help on my other threads. This was pretty helpful thank you
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I do Edexcel A-level Politics. It is heavily essay based, and has nowhere near the emphasis on current affairs that you might imagine it would have. The only time we cover current affairs is when we get off-track in class and start debating.
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A level politics is bae
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(Original post by Abstract_Prism)
I do Edexcel A-level Politics. It is heavily essay based, and has nowhere near the emphasis on current affairs that you might imagine it would have. The only time we cover current affairs is when we get off-track in class and start debating.
Indeed, the AS Level at least for edexcel is like this, it should also be noted that edexcel is the most common exam board for gov and pol in England and Wales from what I've seen, the majority of schools do it.

At A2 however, depending on the units you do, it can be heavily current affairs based, the international relations unit comes to mind.
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