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University of Plymouth

Politics with Law

UCAS Code: L2M2

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

Entry requirements


88 to 104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-26

To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

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

H3,H3,H4,H4,H4

Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

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

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Any subject accepted.

Considered in combination

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

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Any subject is considered.

Considered in combination

104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

88-104

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Law

Politics

Understand how politics and law have shaped our past and explore how they will continue to shape our future. Study a broad range of legal and political systems and understand how the two fields interact. Put your knowledge into context by choosing these two intertwining and crossover subjects, fundamental to the running of today’s society.

You will gain eligibility for entry onto our Graduate Diploma in Law programme, enabling you to convert your degree to a ‘qualifying’ law degree. You will deepen your knowledge with optional modules on consumer law, environmental law, human rights law and media and information law. You’ll also enhance your employability by taking part in our weekly events and talks organised by the student-run Politics and International Affairs society (PIASOC).

* Study the English, EU and international legal systems.

* Develop specific knowledge of the disciplines of politics – understand the significance and nature of political processes, the variety of forms of government and the concepts that inform their operation.

* Gain eligibility for entry onto our Graduate Diploma in Law programme, enabling you to convert your degree to a ‘qualifying’ law degree.

* Engage with political institutions and processes to acquire a detailed knowledge of these systems and how they interact. You’ll use current affairs as case studies to bring broader principles to life.

* Deepen your knowledge with optional modules on consumer law, environmental law, human rights law and media and information law.

* Learn from research-active staff, leading the way in their subjects. Members of the team are internationally renowned for their work on elections and electoral systems and ethnopolitics.

* Enhance your employability by taking part in our weekly events and talks organised by the student-run Politics and International Affairs society (PIASOC).

Modules

In your first year, you’ll develop your knowledge of the English, EU and International legal systems. Build your understanding of the basic and fundamental foundations of law whilst honing your legal problem solving skills. You’ll be introduced to the importance of the twin themes of democracy and democratisation, and investigate how different countries rule themselves. You’ll be encouraged to consider the contribution different theories can make to thinking about contemporary issues.

In your second year, you'll build on your knowledge and sharpen your understanding of key issues in politics. You’ll also delve into topics at the heart of 21st century debate, including the EU, democracy and globalisation.

In your final year, you'll deepen your knowledge by engaging with key concepts and debates in modern politics. You’ll investigate ethnopolitics in contemporary Europe, the politics of the US and elections in the UK.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

27% of assessment is by exam, 73% by coursework.

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Law, Criminology and Government

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.

80%
med
Law
79%
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.

Law

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

80%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Politics

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
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

77%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

Law

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.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Legal associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Functional managers and directors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Other administrative 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.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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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