#1
Just wanting to gather some opinions of politics as a subject for AS and A2 level.

Im considering pursueing journalism and I believe it would be a handy qualification to have. Has anyone in the pit done it? Opinions?

Thanks


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#3
f*ck the media

they don't have much of a purpose anymore, or at least they ignore it entirely.
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It's really interesting, and piss easy. Do it.


All the motivation I need, thanks!

Also, forgot to mention If i could choose I would be some type of gaming journalist, but as I know there could be a slim chance of that I want to cover my back
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All the motivation I need, thanks!

Also, forgot to mention If i could choose I would be some type of gaming journalist, but as I know there could be a slim chance of that I want to cover my back


Why is there a slim chance of you being a gaming journalist but not a political journalist?
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f*ck the media

they don't have much of a purpose anymore, or at least they ignore it entirely.


So which cave are you posting from again?
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All the motivation I need, thanks!

Also, forgot to mention If i could choose I would be some type of gaming journalist, but as I know there could be a slim chance of that I want to cover my back
My friends brother writes for NGamer. He has an English degree, if that helps at all.
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f*ck the media

they don't have much of a purpose anymore, or at least they ignore it entirely.

..What?
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#12
From people I know: take maths instead. Then you can get an economics degree and have some hope of knowing something.
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My friends brother writes for NGamer. He has an English degree, if that helps at all.


Does a job like that hold up on its own pay wise? Ive heard some game writers have to do that on the side of a main non gaming job.

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Why is there a slim chance of you being a gaming journalist but not a political journalist?


Just thought a politics qualification would look well on paper going for any journalism job
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Does a job like that hold up on its own pay wise? Ive heard some game writers have to do that on the side of a main non gaming job.
I think he's semi freelance. He writes for a few others as well, but I think the pay is fine.
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Just thought a politics qualification would look well on paper going for any journalism job


Take any higher subject, it'll look better. Both Englishes, Maths, then another language, Philosophy. The like.
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Take any higher subject, it'll look better. Both Englishes, Maths, then another language, Philosophy. The like.


Im doing 4 a level I think.

Already certain I'm going to do English Literature, possible maths + physics along with that. I would consider ICT, but the computer related uni courses I looked at dont require it. Plus I could have probably done A Level ICT when I was 6 (judging from what gcse level is like, sorry if Im being ignorant )

English Lit, Politics, Maths + Physics sound good?

EDIT: Forgot to mention, my school dont let us do english language for A level
#17
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Im doing 4 a level I think.

Already certain I'm going to do English Literature, possible maths + physics along with that. I would consider ICT, but the computer related uni courses I looked at dont require it. Plus I could have probably done A Level ICT when I was 6 (judging from what gcse level is like, sorry if Im being ignorant )

English Lit, Politics, Maths + Physics sound good?

EDIT: Forgot to mention, my school dont let us do english language for A level


The politics looks a bit out of place with the three more 'academic' subjects, but if you're interested in it, I guess it'd be fine. History would sound better though (and I'd personally think be far more interesting and show you have a greater understanding of more things, rather than just having memorised laws).
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I'm doing AS Politics. It's awesome, do it.

Did you just do the exam with edexcel? That was ****ing hard for me
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The politics looks a bit out of place with the three more 'academic' subjects, but if you're interested in it, I guess it'd be fine. History would sound better though (and I'd personally think be far more interesting and show you have a greater understanding of more things, rather than just having memorised laws).


I didn't do history for gcse, and even though you can pick it up from scratch at a level I dont feel it would be a great idea (not having the experience the rest of the class would have, having even more work on top of the other subjects).
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I didn't do history for gcse, and even though you can pick it up from scratch at a level I dont feel it would be a great idea (not having the experience the rest of the class would have, having even more work on top of the other subjects).


It'll probably be a completely different area you're studying so prior experience wont matter.
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#21
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They don't let you do the only English subject worth doing? Well that sucks for you then. With regards to English Lit I can give you the advise my English teacher (very wise man) gave my class in Year 11:

"This is me talking from experience, DO NOT choose English Literature, you'll regret it for the rest of your education"

He followed that up by having it removed as an option, good job he did.

It'll probably be a completely different area you're studying so prior experience wont matter.


Yeah but I've heard english language doesnt go anywhere else after GCSE. I mean you've covered all the aspects of the language

I really like literature, so Im taking it despite what you say
#22
I have a Masters Degree in politics and say it is a bang up companion to journalism. It will give you a needed area of expertise to sell yourself to with potential employers, you will be forced to read tonnes of stuff and synthesize it into smaller reader friendly pieces, and you will have to be able to analyze complex issues like the law and economics that will help your ability to see things in a big picture kind of way. Good for you and hope you get it all together.
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Quote by duggyrocks
I didn't do history for gcse, and even though you can pick it up from scratch at a level I dont feel it would be a great idea (not having the experience the rest of the class would have, having even more work on top of the other subjects).


It is rather bizarre that they don't do English Language...
But the History course will be completely different, and (honestly, if you're able to do the maths and Physics, you're obviously fairly intelligent) the basic skills are easy to pick up.
And you're just wrong about English Language. It goes so much further and if you don't think it can, don't take Lit.
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Yeah but I've heard english language doesnt go anywhere else after GCSE. I mean you've covered all the aspects of the language

I really like literature, so Im taking it despite what you say


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#25
Quote by DigUpHerBones
It is rather bizarre that they don't do English Language...
But the History course will be completely different, and (honestly, if you're able to do the maths and Physics, you're obviously fairly intelligent) the basic skills are easy to pick up.


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I have a Masters Degree in politics and say it is a bang up companion to journalism. It will give you a needed area of expertise to sell yourself to with potential employers, you will be forced to read tonnes of stuff and synthesize it into smaller reader friendly pieces, and you will have to be able to analyze complex issues like the law and economics that will help your ability to see things in a big picture kind of way. Good for you and hope you get it all together.


Damn these opposing opinions

Thanks for your input lads, its appreciated. Theres an information workshop for Politics tomorrow that I'll check out. What is involved in history? Is it still heavily about "sources" like it was back in keystage 3s?

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Self x 100,000

Ignore what I said before, I got the names mixed up


EDIT: No problem mate, thanks

BTW, I think my school doesnt do language because they're a bit snobby (why they dont let you do music tech and other ****ty courses like that )
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#26
It entirely depends on what kind of journalist you want to be, though I agree, it's a good idea to take the class if you simply want to cover all of your options.
#27
I really liked it actually. It will most likely help with journalism, plus it's really interesting to find out about things you've never thought about before, such as different electoral systems.
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