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1. is it a good subject? would you recommend it?
2. what can you use it for it for? what do you learn? what courses does it link back to?
3. do you enjoy it and what sort of exams do you have and is it a lot of essays?
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Maybe watch eve benetts video on YouTube?
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Hey, I do Edexcel Politics right now and I love it!

1) I do recommend it, it's super interesting especially when you do different ideologies.

2) I find that it links well to History because in all of my history units we look at the politics of the nation we're studying. Also links to economics and geography because some of the topics overlap (things on globalisation, IMF etc.) Also it's just great for your general knowledge ngl.

3) Well for Edexcel there's 3 papers and the first 2 have 3 essays (30 marks, 30 marks and 24 marks). The third paper I'm ngl idk how it's structured because we've only just started it. Good thing about the essays though is you always get a choice from 2 questions (at least for papers 1 and 2) and they're quite easy to structure (in comparison to history essays for example).
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I would keep in mind for A Level politics its 95% just remembering a lot of facts and up to date evidence. Mainly theory which is hard if you have 2 other essay subjects
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(Original post by khaxx)
Hey, I do Edexcel Politics right now and I love it!

1) I do recommend it, it's super interesting especially when you do different ideologies.

2) I find that it links well to History because in all of my history units we look at the politics of the nation we're studying. Also links to economics and geography because some of the topics overlap (things on globalisation, IMF etc.) Also it's just great for your general knowledge ngl.

3) Well for Edexcel there's 3 papers and the first 2 have 3 essays (30 marks, 30 marks and 24 marks). The third paper I'm ngl idk how it's structured because we've only just started it. Good thing about the essays though is you always get a choice from 2 questions (at least for papers 1 and 2) and they're quite easy to structure (in comparison to history essays for example).
this is great help, thanks!
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I would keep in mind for A Level politics its 95% just remembering a lot of facts and up to date evidence. Mainly theory which is hard if you have 2 other essay subjects
would you say it clashes with or contradicts history and/or english lit? i'm planning on doing them too hopefully
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(Original post by khaxx)
Hey, I do Edexcel Politics right now and I love it!

1) I do recommend it, it's super interesting especially when you do different ideologies.

2) I find that it links well to History because in all of my history units we look at the politics of the nation we're studying. Also links to economics and geography because some of the topics overlap (things on globalisation, IMF etc.) Also it's just great for your general knowledge ngl.

3) Well for Edexcel there's 3 papers and the first 2 have 3 essays (30 marks, 30 marks and 24 marks). The third paper I'm ngl idk how it's structured because we've only just started it. Good thing about the essays though is you always get a choice from 2 questions (at least for papers 1 and 2) and they're quite easy to structure (in comparison to history essays for example).
Do you think it's possible to self teach this subject? Are the essay structures very specific and need reviewing?
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would you say it clashes with or contradicts history and/or english lit? i'm planning on doing them too hopefully
It doesn't 'contradict' either of them per say. It compliments history very well, especially if you do more political modules but no matter which modules you do you will be analysing political sides of the history as well. I'm sure it will help hone essay writing skills as well although I'm not too familiar with this. English Lit will probably compliment it less than history would but it would not be detrimental at all and may help you in terms fo formulating a strong argument.
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Do you think it's possible to self teach this subject? Are the essay structures very specific and need reviewing?
I know Edexcel give a lot of help in their mark schemes + exemplar essays on the structure (e.g. ranking points in your conclusion and stuff). One of my teachers for politics is quite bad lmfao so I'm basically self-teaching myself some of the course from the textbook and it's not too bad but I mean it's up to you really. Would you be self teaching it to yourself alongside other a-levels? because if so I think that would be a lot of work
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I know Edexcel give a lot of help in their mark schemes + exemplar essays on the structure (e.g. ranking points in your conclusion and stuff). One of my teachers for politics is quite bad lmfao so I'm basically self-teaching myself some of the course from the textbook and it's not too bad but I mean it's up to you really. Would you be self teaching it to yourself alongside other a-levels? because if so I think that would be a lot of work
Ah thanks lol that's v helpful. If I were to do it it'd be along other A levels as my school only teaches till AS for politics and I think a bit of support would be given by one teacher but that's the extent of it.
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Ah thanks lol that's v helpful. If I were to do it it'd be along other A levels as my school only teaches till AS for politics and I think a bit of support would be given by one teacher but that's the extent of it.
Ngl I think if you're motivated and enthusiastic to do it then you'd be able to because at least half of the course would have been taught to you. Good luck!!
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would you say it clashes with or contradicts history and/or english lit? i'm planning on doing them too hopefully
I do history and that is about exam technique more than remembering facts in my opinion anyway. I just think you have to enjoy it!
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It doesn't 'contradict' either of them per say. It compliments history very well, especially if you do more political modules but no matter which modules you do you will be analysing political sides of the history as well. I'm sure it will help hone essay writing skills as well although I'm not too familiar with this. English Lit will probably compliment it less than history would but it would not be detrimental at all and may help you in terms fo formulating a strong argument.
thanks for this!
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