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    I know I'll be picking Digital Technology (replacing ICT here) and Economics, but I cannot decide between Geography and Politics.

    Is there anyone on here from Northern Ireland who has done A-Level Government & Politics? Is it mostly Westminster focused or is there a lot of NI Assembly in there? If it's mostly Northern Irish politics I definitely couldn't hack it but if it's mostly Westminster I think I'd really enjoy it.

    Another question about Politics is, do you have to stand up and debate other people often? I really would not enjoy doing that at all.

    Would you describe Geography as difficult?

    Lots of questions I know but I pick my subjects in a few weeks and can't decide. I plan on doing something in the Computing field at Uni further down the line.
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    I know I'll be picking Digital Technology (replacing ICT here) and Economics, but I cannot decide between Geography and Politics.

    Is there anyone on here from Northern Ireland who has done A-Level Government & Politics? Is it mostly Westminster focused or is there a lot of NI Assembly in there? If it's mostly Northern Irish politics I definitely couldn't hack it but if it's mostly Westminster I think I'd really enjoy it.

    Another question about Politics is, do you have to stand up and debate other people often? I really would not enjoy doing that at all.

    Would you describe Geography as difficult?

    Lots of questions I know but I pick my subjects in a few weeks and can't decide. I plan on doing something in the Computing field at Uni further down the line.
    Tagging Airmed for you as someone who might be able to help?

    Edit to add: just noticed you are considering doing Computing at uni. Many CompSci courses will require Maths at A-level - is there a reason you aren't taking it? Indeed it would be better than Digital Technology.
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    I know I'll be picking Digital Technology (replacing ICT here) and Economics, but I cannot decide between Geography and Politics.

    Is there anyone on here from Northern Ireland who has done A-Level Government & Politics? Is it mostly Westminster focused or is there a lot of NI Assembly in there? If it's mostly Northern Irish politics I definitely couldn't hack it but if it's mostly Westminster I think I'd really enjoy it.

    Another question about Politics is, do you have to stand up and debate other people often? I really would not enjoy doing that at all.

    Would you describe Geography as difficult?

    Lots of questions I know but I pick my subjects in a few weeks and can't decide. I plan on doing something in the Computing field at Uni further down the line.
    Hey!

    So I did CCEA A Level Politics, 2013-2015. So I will do my best to remember.

    First of all, N.Irish politics is a sacred thing that should be cherished. :cry2: Jokes. I know. It can be a pest. But thankfully, you will be pleased to know that it is only done at AS Level. Iirc N.Irish politics is 40% and UK politics (which, quite frankly, is a ****ing beautiful paper, I loved it) is 60%.

    At A2 it's either Political Theory/Political Thought for one paper, and then a comparative paper of either USA/UK or Southern Ireland/UK. I did ROI/UK, it was a decent paper.

    Debating wise, that will depend on your teacher. We did it, like twice? I hate that sort of thing, but it was group work so that made it easier. I'm about to go into my final year of my politics degree and I have yet to do it at uni properly, so don't worry about it!

    I do highly recommend A Level Politics. It was really enjoyable and it's such an eye-opener.

    As for Geography...I didn't do it, but one of my friends did. They were always ****ing around in sand-dunes for projects.

    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Tagging Airmed for you as someone who might be able to help?
    Thanks for the tag :awesome:
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Tagging Airmed for you as someone who might be able to help?

    Edit to add: just noticed you are considering doing Computing at uni. Many CompSci courses will require Maths at A-level - is there a reason you aren't taking it? Indeed it would be better than Digital Technology.
    Mostly because Queens University in Belfast doesn't require it but also because I know I wouldn't do well at it. Digital Technology is sort of replacing ICT/Computing here, or so I'm being told but I do worry about recognition across the mainland in the event I don't get in to Queens.
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    Mostly because Queens University in Belfast doesn't require it but also because I know I wouldn't do well at it. Digital Technology is sort of replacing ICT/Computing here, or so I'm being told but I do worry about recognition across the mainland in the event I don't get in to Queens.
    Wait what, they are replacing ICT with that? Wtf are CCEA doing?

    (Don't worry about Queens, they hand out offers like toilet paper)
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    Hey!

    So I did CCEA A Level Politics, 2013-2015. So I will do my best to remember.

    First of all, N.Irish politics is a sacred thing that should be cherished. :cry2: Jokes. I know. It can be a pest. But thankfully, you will be pleased to know that it is only done at AS Level. Iirc N.Irish politics is 40% and UK politics (which, quite frankly, is a ****ing beautiful paper, I loved it) is 60%.

    At A2 it's either Political Theory/Political Thought for one paper, and then a comparative paper of either USA/UK or Southern Ireland/UK. I did ROI/UK, it was a decent paper.

    Debating wise, that will depend on your teacher. We did it, like twice? I hate that sort of thing, but it was group work so that made it easier. I'm about to go into my final year of my politics degree and I have yet to do it at uni properly, so don't worry about it!

    I do highly recommend A Level Politics. It was really enjoyable and it's such an eye-opener.

    As for Geography...I didn't do it, but one of my friends did. They were always ****ing around in sand-dunes for projects.



    Thanks for the tag :awesome:
    Hi, thank you for the detailed reply! That doesn't sound as bad if it's only 40% and only in AS, perhaps in a smaller dose I'll enjoy it. Maybe. I've had enough of it lately with the absolute mess in Stormont frankly! But I do love UK politics as a whole, but I can't tell if I've picked a good or horrible time to be doing it considering the whole UK-leaving-the-EU situation. Is A-Level Politics very current like that?
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    Hi, thank you for the detailed reply! That doesn't sound as bad if it's only 40% and only in AS, perhaps in a smaller dose I'll enjoy it. Maybe. I've had enough of it lately with the absolute mess in Stormont frankly! But I do love UK politics as a whole, but I can't tell if I've picked a good or horrible time to be doing it considering the whole UK-leaving-the-EU situation. Is Politics very current like that?
    I really get what you mean about Stormont. When I studied it, we had Haas over, and he couldn't fix us :rolleyes: I'm so sick of home politics and yet I'm still going to do my dissertation on it. Can't help it. I'm addicted to it.

    Oh, yeah, politics is very current like that. Even in my A Level, we were using up to date examples from the papers and stuff in our essays etc.
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    Mostly because Queens University in Belfast doesn't require it but also because I know I wouldn't do well at it. Digital Technology is sort of replacing ICT/Computing here, or so I'm being told but I do worry about recognition across the mainland in the event I don't get in to Queens.
    Hmm, how "not well" do you think it would be?

    What did you get in GCSE Maths?
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    I really get what you mean about Stormont. When I studied it, we had Haas over, and he couldn't fix us :rolleyes: I'm so sick of home politics and yet I'm still going to do my dissertation on it. Can't help it. I'm addicted to it.

    Oh, yeah, politics is very current like that. Even in my A Level, we were using up to date examples from the papers and stuff in our essays etc.
    Hmm ok, would you predict it to be any more difficult to be studying live as the Brexit situation is unfolding? I know it would certainly be very interesting. The only other thing I'm really interested is Geography but I'm worried I'll get shredded by it having not done it at GCSE albeit the only requirement is English.

    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Hmm, how "not well" do you think it would be?

    What did you get in GCSE Maths?
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    Hmm ok, would you predict it to be any more difficult to be studying live as the Brexit situation is unfolding? I know it would certainly be very interesting. The only other thing I'm really interested is Geography but I'm worried I'll get shredded by it having not done it at GCSE albeit the only requirement is English.



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    I don't think it will be difficult since I barely remember us focusing on the EU at A Level Politics. Ok, yeah, when I did it, the referendum had not even occurred yet, but the UK politics part tends to focus really on UK-only stuff. If anything, it will be the case of no one not knowing what is going on. I mean, I am lectured by some European Union world experts at uni and they don't have a sweet clue what is going on :lol: No one does.

    You may be. I don't know if Geo is one of those A Levels you can pick up with no knowledge. Like History or Politics.
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    (Original post by Theranis)
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    There's a fair bit of maths in Computer Science. Even if they don't specify Maths A-level many courses will ask for a B in GCSE Maths.

    But not all, it's just you will be limiting your choices.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    There's a fair bit of maths in Computer Science. Even if they don't specify Maths A-level many courses will ask for a B in GCSE Maths.

    But not all, it's just you will be limiting your choices.
    Yeah I know Queens in particular only requires a C but I know in reality that redoing GCSE Maths and getting a B or higher would open my options up a fair bit more.

    I've thought about the possibility of doing an HnD or an HnC though as a few of my cousins have done and gone in to jobs in IT after, I think HnD/HnC's are less stringent on that front? Although my dream is to study Computer Science at University.
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    (Original post by Theranis)
    Yeah I know Queens in particular only requires a C but I know in reality that redoing GCSE Maths and getting a B or higher would open my options up a fair bit more.

    I've thought about the possibility of doing an HnD or an HnC though as a few of my cousins have done and gone in to jobs in IT after, I think HnD/HnC's are less stringent on that front? Although my dream is to study Computer Science at University.
    Northumbria, for example, is fine with a C at GCSE (and is a very popular destination for NornIron students )
    https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-...sc-ft-uuscsi1/

    I don't think an HNC/HND is the best route if you can instead find a uni you like that will accept the grades you have or are likely to get.
 
 
 
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