Studying Politics

On 9 September, professor David Waller from the University of Northampton gave a fascinating talk about politics.  Politics is study based on decision making that analyses the systems of government, ethical considerations and ideologies. We are constantly surrounded by politics as it closely links with many subjects such as sociology, history, and philosophy. No specific GCSEs or A Levels are required to study the subject at university level; however, it is recommended to select the subjects that discuss similar topics (history or economics).

The presentation helped students deepen their understanding about the additional requirements expected from course tutors. Applicants must show a genuine interest, which can be achieved through activities such as volunteering or working part-time for local politics or government.  By doing so, experience will be gained, and the likelihood of acceptance will increase. 

At the university of Northampton, single or joint politic degrees require work experience of 100 hours during the second year as well completing specific modules throughout the whole course (for example, ‘communication, freedom, and democracy’). Assessments and examinations will be more frequent during the first year at the university, and independent tasks will be set to complete in a private or virtual learning environment. Teamwork is valuable, therefore group tasks will be set as well. With a politics degree, pupils may graduate and enter into various professions; some of the common jobs usually pursued by graduates are in the following fields: the Civil Service, teaching, local parliamentary and international politics, local government and diplomacy, public relations  and the media. Over all, the talk provided the perfect balance between being informative and enthralling. It allowed students to ask their queries and understand the main aspects of politic courses.

Claudia  10CJG