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Oxford Brookes University

Politics and Sociology

UCAS Code: LL32
BA/BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

112

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • Sociology
Student score
84% MED
77% LOW
% employed or in further study
86% LOW
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£19.6k MED
£18.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBC

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
112

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

92%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This is a combined honours course, where you study Politics alongside Sociology. The study of politics is the study of power. It starts by examining the roots and nature of political activity set in the context of wider social activity. It also explores governments and types of governance, as well as the nature of power and rule under democratic and non-democratic regimes. After the first year, you will have the opportunity to participate in the design of your own course of study with guidance from your teachers, following your own areas of interests. Sociology studies human social life, groups and societies. A wide-ranging subject, it analyses social relationships and social institutions, and the ways in which they shape peopleâ??s lives. Sociologists focus on many topics, ranging from global social processes to changing identities and personal relationships. Studying sociology will increase your knowledge and understanding of the social world in the 21st century. Our flexible course allows you to pursue your own areas of interest within the subject.

Modules

Polotics: Year 1: Introduction to Politics; Politics in Comparative Perspective. Years 2 and 3: Freedom, Justice and Political Theory; Comparative Welfare States; Conflict and Post-war Reconstruction; Identity Politics and Violence; Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective; State and Society in Contemporary Russia; Political Sociology of Crime and Disorder; South African Politics: from Apartheid to Democracy; Independent Study in Politics; Dissertation or Interdisciplinary Dissertation in Politics; Theory and Practice of Human Rights; State and Society in Europe; Modern British Politics; Russia and East Europe after Lenin; Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political Economy; Political Thought 1 and 2; Researching Politics and International Relations 1: Analytical Mode; Researching Politics and International Relations 2: Methods. Sociology: Stage 1 - Basic Modules: Understanding Society 1: Differences and Divisions (compulsory); Understanding Society 2: Transformations (compulsory). Stage 2 - Advanced Modules: The Theory and Practice of Human Rights (honours component); Gender and Society; Race, Ethnicity and Exclusion; Global Sociology; Work, Employment and Society; Sociology of Health and Illness (honours component); Theorising Society (honours component); Advanced Research Methods (honours component); Independent Study in Sociology (honours component); Sociology Dissertation or Interdisciplinary Dissertation (honours component); Researching the Social World (compulsory for degree/honours degree/Dip HE).

Oxford Brookes University

Undergraduate Centre

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK's leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation, as well as strong links with business and industry. Away from your studies, Oxford Brookes Students' Union has an agreement with the people behind O2 Academy venues to provide exclusive student entertainment in Oxford.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
16%
84%

Year 1

16%
84%

Year 2

10%
90%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
50%
50%

Year 1

19%
81%

Year 2

16%
84%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

74%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

68%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
310 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
67% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 86% LOW
Average graduate salary £19.6k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are media professionals

9%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 77% LOW
Able to access IT resources

71%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

82%

Feedback on work has been helpful

59%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

70%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
71% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
312 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18.5k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 education, community and youth work, housing and social work. But 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, sport, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.
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