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London Metropolitan University

Politics (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: L201

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

UCAS Tariff

40

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Politics

**Why study this course?**

Our Politics (including foundation year) BA degree is designed for those who are passionate about the study of politics but don’t hold the necessary entry requirements to enter the standard three-year undergraduate degree or have been out of education for a while.

During your foundation year you’ll gain the necessary skills for academic study, such as essay writing and research, before moving on to a more in-depth study of politics in the following three years. Once you complete your foundation year you’ll be able to specialise in subjects such as international relations, diplomacy or international conflict.

**More about this course**

Our Politics (including foundation year) BA course will introduce you to a wide range of current topics in the field of social sciences.

Our academic tutors and mentors will help you progress in your degree and ensure that you gain the key skills for further academic study and employment. Apart from offering exceptional support throughout your studies, our lecturers are also experts in their academic field and their specialist knowledge will enrich your learning and inspire you to broaden your perspective.

During your foundation year, which you’ll share with students from other foundation degree courses, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of current topics and improve your academic skills. This will build the perfect foundation for in-depth study of politics and related disciplines, as you’ll learn how to reflect on the relevance of key theories, acquire key terminology, improve your reading skills and develop academic speaking abilities. If you find yourself needing extra support to succeed in your degree, you’ll be able to take advantage of our workshops that focus on specific academic and career skills, such as essay writing and interview techniques.

In Year 0, you’ll also attend a taster module that is more closely related to the subject of politics to give you an idea of what you will be studying in your subsequent three years. If you find yourself wanting to specialise in a different area of social sciences, there will be flexibility to do so.

After completion of the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content and modules as students who have started on the Politics BA three-year course.

Modules

Example Year 0 modules include:

Critical Thinking (core)
Interventions for Change (core)
Media, Crime and 'Race' (core)
Reflecting on Self and Society (core)
Researching Discrimination (core)
Researching Inequality (core)
Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core)

Example Year 1 modules include:

Global Politics, Economy and Society (core)
Introduction to International Relations (core)
Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core)
Politics and Government (core)

Example Year 2 modules include:

Comparative Politics (core)
Governance and Public Policy (core)
Political Theory (core)
Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 (alternative core)
Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core)
American Foreign Policy (option)
Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (option)
Contemporary US Politics (option)
Media and Culture (option)
Politics of the Middle East option)
Racism and Ethnicity (option)
Politics of the European Union (option)

Example Year 3 modules include:

Politics of Modern States (core)
Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 2 (alternative core)
Placement 1 Year (alternative core)
Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core)
Project 1 Semester (alternative core)
Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option)
African Politics (option)
Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (option)
Human Rights and International Conflict (option)
Latin American Politics (option)
Modern British Politics (option)
Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option)

Assessment methods

Your assessment will be split between coursework, presentations and exams. Coursework may include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays and reports.

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
£12,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Social Professions

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.

77%
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.

Politics

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
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

84%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

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.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£23k

£23k

£19k

£19k

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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