What A-levels do you need to study politics?
Good news! You don’t actually need an A-level in politics to study it at uni. But what subjects could swing an admissions tutor's vote in your favour?
- Essential A-levels for politics
- Useful or handy A-levels for politics
- Other typical A-levels taken by politics students
- Examples of university entry requirements for politics
Other degree subjects with similar A-level requirements
A-level subjects for politics
What A-level subjects are needed or essential for politics?
What A-levels are useful for politics
Other typical A-levels taken by politics students
- 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, the entry requirements they ask for and lots more.
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.
Mix and match different A-level subjects to see where they'll lead, try our A-level Explorer tool
Which universities do students rate for their political scene?University is often the place where people more involved in politics, or at least develop a greater awareness of particular issues; this may come about from joining political societies and groups, or simply interacting with lots of students from different backgrounds.
See which universities students rated top for their political scene in our annual student survey.
Examples of politics degree requirements
Queen's University Belfast: ‘A,B,B. A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.’
Durham University: 'A,A,A. General information on subjects/grades required for entry: A in at least one Social Sciences or Humanities subject. Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.'
University of Brighton: 'B,B,C-C,C,C.’
Other similar degree subjects
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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