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What A-levels do you need to study politics?

You don’t necessarily need politics A-level to study politics at university. Here’s how to make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors’ boxes…

Politics is a popular degree that is normally open to you with any A-levels. However, certain A-level choices will help to prepare you for studying politics at degree level.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • None.
     
 

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Politics.
  • History.
  • Philosophy.
  • Law.
  • Sociology.

Other typical A-levels taken by current politics students

  • Maths.
  • English literature.
  • General studies.
Take a look at individual politics courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending. 

Do note that many degrees will be open to you whichever A-levels you choose. Some courses will be happy with a subject just at AS-level while some courses may want the full A-level it's worth checking before you finalise your A-level choices in Year 12.

Similar subject areas...

Even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to politics, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.
 

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