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Brunel University London

Politics and History with Placement Year

UCAS Code: LVF1

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in a relevant subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in a relevant subject

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

DD

in a relevant subject and an A level at grade B

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

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB

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

DDM

in a relevant subject

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Modern history

Politics

If you’re interested in politics and history, you don’t have to substitute one for the other. Why not study both in a combined degree? You’ll find they complement each other in so many ways. What is modern politics anyway but a reflection of yesterday’s political decisions?

Politics and history at Brunel is a dynamic combination of high level study in both subjects. Your politics studies will help you address critical questions like: Who has political power? Why do they have it? And in whose interest do their exercise it? Meanwhile, your studies in history will take you back into the societies of the past in Britain, Europe and the wider world to help you understand contemporary issues all the more. Both subjects will help to demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs, which will be an asset in so many fields of work.

Whether you’re studying modern Africa, imperialism or intelligence and security, you’ll not just learn about them – you’ll be analysing them using the tools of political science or craft of the historian to help deepen your understanding and critical thinking.

Opt for a placement year and you'll gain work experience that is highly valued by employers. Brunel students have secured placements in the Environmental Audit Committee, the House of Commons, Directorate of Gender Affairs, HM Treasury and the Competition Commission, to name only a few.

It’s a competitive world out there, so you’ll get plenty of support from your lecturers and the University’s Professional Development Centre to help prepare you for your placement year and the world of work.

Why not increase your career options with an accredited journalism course, a free modern language course, or a social media internship? You can even opt to study part of your degree abroad in one of our partner universities in Europe, or participate in an exchange programme to China or the USA.

It’s all available at Brunel to help you make a difference in the world – now and in the future.

Brunel politics and history graduates enter diverse careers. Many of our former students go into politics and the civil service and some are currently at GCHQ and military intelligence. Others work in the public and private sector like the NHS, international banks, business consultancy, law, NGOs and the media.

Modules

Typical modules in year 1: Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics; Modern Political Thought; Modern British Politics; What is History? Optional modules: Revolution, Liberty & the Origins of American Democracy; Capital, Labour & Power: Britain, 1707-1939; History, Memory & Culture in Europe since 1789; The Making of the Modern World, Migration & the Settler World, 1600-1914. Typical modules in year 2: Comparative Political Institutions; Historians & their Craft; Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice. Optional modules: US Foreign Policy from World War 2 to the End of the Cold War; Issues in American Politics, Theories of International Relations; The State & Revolution; The History of Political Cinema; The First World War - Causes, Course, Consequences, Australia & The Modern World; Themes in the History of Modern Africa; Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World; History of the Women's Movement I the West, c.1790-1930; The Holocaust; Ancient Greek Political Thought: Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics; Unity & Cultural Diversity; National Security Intelligence. Typical modules in year 3: Dissertation; European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects. Optional modules: Psychogeography; History of Political Philosophy; Globalisation and Governance; Media, Power and Politics in America; Marx and Marxism; Parties and Voters in the UK; Fascism; The Second World War; Public Policy Analysis; Parliamentary Studies; The British Maritime World, 160-1815; Rethinking Modern Europe: Borders, Nations and Identities since 1850. Please visit our website for full course details.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Social and Political 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.

88%
high
Modern history
82%
med
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.

History

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

67%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Politics

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

76%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
15%
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.

History

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.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Public services and other associate professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
69%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

Modern history

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

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

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.

Politics

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

£17k

£17k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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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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