Why Study Politics?

‘I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians’.

Studying Politics will develop your awareness of contemporary issues and understanding of the decisions that affect your life and those around you. It will allow you to consider how and why decisions are taken on a local, national and international level.

Politics also helps you develop critical, analytical and oral skills, and gives an insight into issues of power and influence, where these lie and who has these in the UK and the wider world.

In Year 1, students study British Politics looking at its key institutions, issues and ideas. In Year 2, students study American Government and Politics. Students then focus on the ideas of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and either Nationalism or Anarchism.

Why Study Politics at Worcester Sixth Form College?

In the past, Politics students have visited the Houses of Parliament and conferences featuring leading politicians of the day. Politics students also participate in local politics with visits from local politicians, election hustings and delivering the College’s mock elections.

Progression Opportunities

A Level Politics is a well-regarded subject by all universities. It is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in Law, the Civil Service, Local Government and Politics, Teaching or the Social Services. Many students go on to pursue the subject at degree level and beyond.

Recently, one student went to Oxford University to study History and Politics and a number of students have gone on to study Politics and International Relations at Russell Group universities.

Varsha Nair

Varsha Nair

Politics - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose Politics because I am interested in the current political climate and I am fascinated by the inner workings of the political system. It also links with my other subject, Modern History, as it shows the development of the political system and how ideologies of the Government, changed as a result of pressure. I enjoy studying the debate aspect of politics as it engages me with the political climate and allows me to argue my opinion on particular topics. This will be useful for my future as I want to go to university and study Law in order to become a barrister.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Politics4Willingness to develop and maintain knowledge of current affairs. Ability to think critically about personal political opinions and those of others.Optional trip to Houses of Parliament – approx. £20.

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