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Bristol, University of the West of England

Politics and International Relations (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: L29F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.

No specific subjects required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C / 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

No specific subjects required.

No specific subjects required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

No specific subjects required.

UCAS Tariff

48
82%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subjects

International relations

Politics

BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations (with Foundation Year) allows you to study both subjects equally or specialise in aspects of either programme.

Looking at everything from how popular movements, cultures and great thinkers view conflicts, to the EU, terrorism and the abuse of human rights, you’ll benefit from the support of our inspirational staff and interactive teaching.

The course is designed to give you a strong balance of academic knowledge and the practical skills employers seek.

Hone your skills on interesting work placements in years two and three. Study in Europe or the USA as part of your degree, and gain valuable extra experience by volunteering with one of our industry contacts. Go on field trips to places such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to see modern politics in action. Attend our fortnightly student-staff events where guest speakers discuss contemporary issues and explain the role of politics in different professions.

We also hold regular research events where you can debate contemporary political issues, and test out and strengthen your professional skills.

Politics and international relations graduates are in demand across many professions. They find jobs in government, the civil service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), accountancy, human resources, media and journalism. You could also get involved in research or education, or specialise further with postgraduate study.

The Uni


Course location:

Frenchay Campus

Department:

Health and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
International relations
84%
high
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Other administrative occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International relations

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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