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classic civilisation or politics for a level

I love debating, MUN and I read the news multiple times daily so I've always thought politics A-Level would be for me but now I'm thinking whether to do classic civ or politics for A-Level. I already do ancient history (predicted an 8/9) and I do well in English Lit (a high 9 predicted) so I thought I can do classic civ? edit: to clarify I mean I do ancient history GCSE (our school does not have ancient history a-level)
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Original post by antique-prescrip
I love debating, MUN and I read the news multiple times daily so I've always thought politics A-Level would be for me but now I'm thinking whether to do classic civ or politics for A-Level. I already do ancient history (predicted an 8/9) and I do well in English Lit (a high 9 predicted) so I thought I can do classic civ?

Classical cub is a really easy a-level, so if you’re concerned about grades, it’s pretty much a guaranteed A/A* with your grades. I don’t really know much about politics A-level, but if you enjoy it, I would recommend doing what you love. Perhaps you can consider taking an EPQ in politics if you want.
Classical Civ and Ancient History has far too much overlap and you risk restricting your eventual degree choices because of that. With Politics you leave far more options open to you.
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Original post by antique-prescrip
I love debating, MUN and I read the news multiple times daily so I've always thought politics A-Level would be for me but now I'm thinking whether to do classic civ or politics for A-Level. I already do ancient history (predicted an 8/9) and I do well in English Lit (a high 9 predicted) so I thought I can do classic civ?

If you have an interest in politics, choose politics.

Speaking as a current politics student who started off doing English because I did well at GCSE, you should always pick the subject you have a bigger interest in. While it's true that A levels are temporary, it is still 2 years of your life you'll be dedicating towards a grade and from experience, you'll do better in subjects that interest you. Politics as a specification doesn't have a lot of content, but the work you have to do outside of that will be a lot. If you're someone engaging with current affairs, you won't struggle. I also engage in current affairs and enjoy doing so, which is why I've found myself consistently achieving high grades. Aside from structure, politics essays are your chance to demonstrate your political knowledge, so keeping up to date is key. If you're already debating, I'm sure you'll find making a convincing and concise argument fairly easy. I know nothing about classical civilisation, but if you're going to do ancient history, as other have said, it sounds like there will be too much overlap. I'm always going to advocate for politics as it helps you not only stay politically aware, but it will change your mindset for life and shape you as an individual.

If you have any politics related questions (or questions about A levels in general), I'd be happy to answer them!
Original post by McGinger
Classical Civ and Ancient History has far too much overlap and you risk restricting your eventual degree choices because of that. With Politics you leave far more options open to you.

no i meant I do ancient history gcse and I want to do classic civ a-level (our school does not offer ancient history a-level)

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