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Brunel University London

Politics and Sociology

UCAS Code: LLH2

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

DDD

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)

DDD

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.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Politics

Sociology

Sociology at Brunel is ranked 1st in London (The Guardian University Guide 2018) Politics at Brunel is ranked 7th in London (The Complete University Guide 2019) About the course Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? If these questions excite you and provoke another torrent of questions in turn, youre looking in the right area for your degree course. Study Politics together with Sociology and youll take an innovative, contemporary degree course that provides an original combination of advanced study in both disciplines. You will take core modules in political science methods, British politics and EU politics, political theory, comparative politics and democratisation, with the option of more specialised options in Years 2 and 3. Youll also study challenging sociology topics such as individual and social processes, research methods for social sciences, and social theory, culture and modernity. For all the high level contacts and influence, our department is perhaps most importantly known for its friendly accessibility and the genuine sense of community between academics and students. In addition to our Politics, History and International Politics programmes we offer joint honours in the following areas giving you the chance to tailor your studies: Politics and Economics BSc and Politics and History BSc.Special features Our courses are designed and taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields of politics, international relations, social policy and contemporary history. You will have an excellent access to some of the best research facilities in the UK - Westminster and Whitehall are within easy reach. You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of several European universities and participate in an exchange programme in China. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the universitys exchange scheme with the State University of New York at Brockport (which includes the opportunity to do a work placement in Washington or Albany). You may also be able to study at those EU universities with whom we have partnerships in the Socrates programme (eg Rennes, Stuttgart and Helsinki). Teaching and learningYou will be taught mainly in lectures and seminars and assessed on a combination of coursework and exams. Most of your time will be spent in private study. At the end of your course you will produce a final dissertation on a subject of your choice. This is a major piece of work, undertaken with the support and supervision of a dissertation tutor. Its a great opportunity to demonstrate your research and writing skills. Your choice of subject will be relevant to your course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.Employability Past students have gone on to further training in law, accountancy, personnel management and other graduate degrees. They have joined the Civil Service, have gone into publishing, journalism and the media including BBC Radio and Granada Television, have entered major financial and accountancy firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group, and have entered the fields of management and marketing with firms such as Ford, Metal Box and Rank Xerox. Politics students benefit from excellent career prospects graduates have gone on to become politicians, have joined local and national government organisations, or work in the private sector. Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration (including lobbying, campaigning and fundraising), in medicine, in education and research, and in industry.

Modules

As well as a strong grounding in the major themes, our department offers a wide range of exciting topics so that you can follow your own specific interests. In year 1 core modules may include: Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics; Modern Political Thought; Modern British Politics; Culture and Society; Making Sense of Culture; Key Ideas in Sociology; Contemporary Society and Media.
In year 2 core subjects include: Comparative Political Institutions; Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice; Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture; Visual Cultures; Apocalypse! Crisis and Society. A wide range of options is available to choose from in years 2 and 3, such as: US Foreign Policy from World War II to the end of the Cold War;
Theories of International Relations; Marx and Marxism; Parties and Voters in the UK; Comedy, the Media and Society; Racism, Identity and Difference; Digital Cultures. Please visit our website for full 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
£14,800
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.

82%
med
Politics
72%
low
Sociology

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

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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Sociology

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

70%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
80%
med
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.

Sociology

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.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Administrative occupations: finance
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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.

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£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.

Sociology

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

£26k

£26k

£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.

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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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