The weeks running up to results day are always a nervous time. Obviously I hope that everybody gets the grades they expected and need, but I would also say it’s important to think about what’s next if you don’t get in.
Politics isn’t something I thought I wanted to study, I initially applied for Combined Honours, which is a unique course offered by Newcastle University that allows you to combine different subject disciplines and tailor your own timetable to a large degree. I had so much freedom to choose whichever modules I fancied. I surprised myself and actually ended up wanting to do so many of the politics modules that I ended up switching onto single honours Politics when I entered my second year.
I would definitely say it’s worth ringing up Newcastle’s politics department if you are in a position where you need to think about clearing, as the course has so much to offer and would be a great alternative to something like history.
I really didn’t expect the course to be as interesting as I have found it. There’s such a wide array of modules to choose from and the course strikes a brilliant balance between learning about theory and looking at contemporary global issues.
Hashing out the differences between Liberalism and Conservatism for your A-Level exam is nothing to recommend. However, it doesn’t have to be boring! In a first year politics module, Dr David Walker’s hilarious teaching actually managed to make me enjoy learning about theory of political thought.
I have loved learning about political violence, globalization, wars, genocide, feminism, and SO much more. It’s been especially brilliant to study US politics in the run-up to the Presidential election. I get to read about all the stupid things Donald Trump says as part of my degree – pretty cool.