Why politics is a soft subject

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Why is it I need evidence website links
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Could you elaborate? Are you referring to sources?
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Could you elaborate? Are you referring to sources?
Like what are the reasons as to why politics and philosophy ARE soft a level subjects . Are the ere any websites or uni lists that explicitly say that. Please help.
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Like what are the reasons as to why politics and philosophy ARE soft a level subjects . Are the ere any websites or uni lists that explicitly say that. Please help.
No, it's a made-up term. Is this for an online argument?
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Like what are the reasons as to why politics and philosophy ARE soft a level subjects . Are the ere any websites or uni lists that explicitly say that. Please help.
Ah, gotcha. Well, I'm not sure if politics is universally considered a "soft" subject at A Level. If you were picking politics and a few other "traditional" subjects, then I wouldn't worry. But if you picked politics and, let's say, media studies & art, then that's probably not the strongest combination. It's good to do 1 or 2 traditional subejcts, then some that you have an interest in or enjoy.
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This graph, from chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?pdfurl=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.publishing.service.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fuploads%2Fsystem%2Fuploads%2Fattachment_data%2Ffile%2F606044%2F3-inter-subject-comparability-of-exam-standards-in-gcse-and-a-level.pdf&clen=4682717&chunk=true shows that, for the old spec (when it was called Government and Politics) it was harder than Geography or English Literature or Language.
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Like websites and stuff that say that politics or philosophy is soft
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No, it's a made-up term. Is this for an online argument?
Sort of it's to give the opposing view of the norm
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Sort of it's to give the opposing view of the norm
The norm says it's hard? I'd have said it was pretty average.
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Like everyone says it's hard and not soft but I need evidence as to why it is soft and unis don't like it
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There is no 'evidence'
Neither subjects are considered to be easy A level subjects or lacking in academic weight, and are certainly not regarded as 'soft', whatver you think that means, by any University. Both are solid essay based subjects and well regarded.

If you look on Uni course pages they will tell you the required or preferred A level subjects for that course.
There are no secrets and no information 'that only some special people know about'.
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Like do u know how some unis post stuff abt enabling subjects and others say like these are what we don't really recommend eg Oxford uni and stuff
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Like do u know how some unis post stuff abt enabling subjects and others say like these are what we don't really recommend eg Oxford uni and stuff
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/U...ns-Information LSE is one of the few universities with a list of stuff they don't much like - but they are fine with both Philosophy and (G&) Politics
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i’ve never heard of any unis not liking politics personally
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Politics is not soft. Oxbridge and every other top tear uni accepts it so no issue with taking it at all. It is also an essay subject so ticks that box if you need it.
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I think there’s probably a misunderstanding between the terms used to describe some A Level subjects. Facilitating subjects is generally the term people use when referring to various subjects: politics and sociology are not one of these. A list of facilitating subjects can be found here https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...-level-choices

Edit: for the sake of clarity, this list is outdated. Universities publish which subjects they prefer or require for individual degrees - these should be used instead.
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Like do u know how some unis post stuff abt enabling subjects and others say like these are what we don't really recommend eg Oxford uni and stuff
They are not soft subjects. It used to be the Russell Group used to class a number of subjects as facilitating subjects but even they have withdrawn that now. Most universities never followed it anyway. Here is UCLs list of preferred subjects and Politics is on it.

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I think there’s probably a misunderstanding between the terms used to describe some A Level subjects. Facilitating subjects is generally the term people use when referring to various subjects: politics and sociology are not one of these. A list of facilitating subjects can be found here https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...-level-choices
But people misinterpret it - facilitating subjects was a list of subjects that might be listed as required, but on TSR it came to mean " subjects you have to do to get offers", which is a load of balls
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it isnt

facilitating subjects are so picked because of their breadth. The idea being that if someone didn't really know what they wanted to do, they wouldn't put themselves down a narrow path by picking very specialist courses, and would take a few facilitating subjects that would open up a good range of degree courses they could pursue. This happened to coincide with people's ideas on "hard" and "soft" subjects (though there were a few fairly academic subjects that were not considered facilitating subjects) so it became very misunderstood. Universities have dropped this term because it was turning people away from certain subjects, I don't remember the details.

If you know you want to do a politics or IR degree at university, A-level politics makes a lot of sense. If you're reasonably sure of the area you want to go in to, you don't need to worry about facilitating subjects.
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But people misinterpret it - facilitating subjects was a list of subjects that might be listed as required, but on TSR it came to mean " subjects you have to do to get offers", which is a load of balls
Exactly this.
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