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Get First Past the Post with Politics!
One of my fondest memories, during A Levels, was studying Politics (officially called ‘Government and Politics’). In fact, it was so enjoyable that I bagged myself an overall mark of 99%. And, whilst being a lark, there is no better time to study it than the present moment!
It is no secret that the world is experiencing a huge upheaval in the political landscape: Brexit, Trump, post-truth, resurgent Russia, and a whole host of other political phenomena has caused this seismic shift. A Level Politics is not about getting a grade, it now serves as your pathway through our present tumultuous times – a rare thing indeed!
So, why did I study Politics, and why should you? Well, at the time of selecting my subjects, I knew only a few things about myself:
I liked to argue and debate.
I enjoyed theatrics, rhetoric, and public speaking.
I was interested in how the world worked.
I was intrigued as to how institutions and people operate, and how they intertwine.
I can safely say, if any of those traits apply to yourself – then Politics is certainly the right choice for you too!
The reason why I give examples of what personality traits suit Politics is due to the fact that I really want you to enjoy it. The adversarial and controversial nature of Politics, policy, and political theory means you will naturally be debating with peers and teachers when studying the subject. This results in excellent academic discourse, but more importantly serves as a method to hone your argumentation skills when writing essays. Studying Politics A Level has provided me with the ability to posit and convey an argument as well as persuade the reader that I am in the right – a useful skill, not only for A Level exams, but also for life!
The study of Politics is very wide ranging, so it is often best to check with your school or institution as to what exam board you will be using. Depending on what exam board you do, has such a broad range of topics and areas to cover. Personally, I covered British politics, and Global politics. However, other boards offer different options:
AQA has three papers and is conducted in a linear fashion (all exams are sat at the end of the course):
Government and Politics of the UK
The Government and Politics of the USA
Each of the papers is worth 1/3rd of the final A Level grade, and each is composed of ‘medium length’ and essay style questions.
Edexcel has three papers and is also conducted in the linear fashion:
Comparative Politics (either studying US Politics, or Global Politics)
Once again, the papers are worth 1/3rd of the final A Level grade. The first two papers are composed of long-style essay answers, whereas the third paper is composed of a mix of medium-length and longer length essay questions.
It should be noted that OCR, as a result of A Level reform, has made the decision to no longer offer A Level Politics.
In comparison to other A Levels, Politics is one of the more straight-forward options. The mark schemes lay out clearly what they are looking for, and the content is mentally stimulating, engaging, and will aid you in becoming an erudite writer and orator. So, if you find yourself shouting at the TV when watching PMQs, or simply sigh with exasperation when opening the newspaper, you might just be a fit for A Level Politics – and who knows, you might end up ruling the world…!
What Do You Do With a BA In Politics?
Politics. The subject has been studied in depth, at school and at university, by some of our leading politicians. David Cameron, David Milliband, Ann Widdecomb, Ed Balls… The list of politicians who read politics at university is long and detailed, to the point that if you look up the list of people with PPE degrees from Oxford, the vast majority of them are politicians! This only makes sense of course, and for students with their eye on representing their fellow Brits in the House of Commons, studying Politics from A Level to Degree level is a clear path in the right direction. But if you thought that choosing to specialise in politics meant committing yourself to the life of an MP, think again! Studying politics can lead to a whole wealth of life experiences and career paths, as the following lot have proved. For example you could become…
... an Actor!
British Actor Riz Ahmed, who starred in such brilliant films as Four Lions, Nightcrawler and Rogue One, started off his further education graduating from Oxford with a BA in Politics Philosophy and Economics before training as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Ahmed’s politics background can be glimpsed at times during his career - after starring in a sling of high successful films, Ahmed went on to release his own music, which has been dubbed “political hop hop”. His lyrics have discussed the current political climate, Islamophobia, the security service and much more. On top of this, Ahmed has used his platform to discuss important political and social issues (he has even spoken in parliament), concerning the under-representation of ethnic minorities in the media, the mistreatment of the Rohingya people, and Syrian refugee children. He even has a test named after him - the Riz Test aims to identify the nature of Muslim representation in film and TV. In other words, he’s a pretty inspirational guy!
… a Writer!
Twilight, the Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer… Vampire fiction has captured the imaginations of tweens, young adults, and fully-fledged middle-aged people for a long time. One of the most (critically and popularly) successful and influential novels of its ilk was Interview with the Vampire by American author Anne Rice, who just so happened to study politics at San Francisco State University. However, it wasn’t politics that inspired Anne to write, but rather the deeply personal experience of the author losing her daughter to leukemia at a young age. The book was immensely popular, and was followed by a number of highly successful sequels which eventually became known as the Vampire Chronicles. Off the back of the series’s huge success, Interview with the Vampire was adapted into a film which starred Hollywood darlings Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and kick-started the career of a then 12-year-old Kirsten Dunst! Rice was credited with revolutionising the vampire fiction genre, for identifying with the vampire rather than the victim, thus asking the reader to see the monster within themselves… spooky! Rice goes to show that an interest in politics doesn’t mean you have to devote your life to it - you can be politically engaged and a best selling fantasy writer all at the same time!
… a Comedian!
British comedian Harry Enfield is well known for causing giggles with his portrayals of satirical characters which were meant to lampoon certain characters in British society. Some of his best known were characters such as Loadsamoney, a plasterer who boasts about how much money he has; Tim Nice But Dim, a posh, affable but intellectually-lacking twenty-something; and Tory Boy, a teen with some questionably old-fashioned social and political views. The vast majority of Enfield’s characters were inspired by the political climate of the time - Loadsamoney was a reaction to the “get-rich-quick ethos” of Margaret Thatcher’s time in power; Tim Nice But Dim was a critique of “opportunity hoarding” members of the upper class; while Tory Boy was inspired by conservative politicians such as Michael Portillo and Michael Howard, whom Enfield claimed “never grew up”. With all of this politically charged material, is it a surprised that Enfield studied politics at the University of York? Politics really can be funny!
So you see, you really can do anything with a Politics degree! So if you’re thinking of studying Politics at school or at university, then the world is your oyster. It’s offered by AQA, Edexcel and OCR at A Level, and at universities around the country! And if you need a helping hand with anything, I’m sure one of our tutors can help you out along the way...