Entry requirements: Grade 5 in English Language.
Qualities and skills required: Politics students need to have an interest in current affairs and the political situation in the UK. The course is a mix of political theory matched to contemporary political events so students must be regular readers of quality newspapers, watch political news programmes and make use of specific political websites to keep up with political events. Students will be expected to read widely around the subject outside of lessons so they are able to make useful and informed contributions in class. The ability to argue, analyse, interpret and discuss are real strengths in this subject, as is the ability to communicate clearly in writing and in speech.