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Sheffield Hallam University

Politics

UCAS Code: L200

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

Entry requirements


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or 4.

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points, including 48 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Politics

•Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.
•Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.
•Gain work experience with well-known organisations.
•Visit Brussels for a chance to meet policy makers and politicians.

Develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths.
At each level of study teaching is structured to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Classwork is supplemented by guest speakers drawn from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors which provide not only different perspectives on real world issues but also an insight into the knowledge and skills required to work in these sectors.

You learn through
•lectures
•seminars
•away days
•workshops
•e-learning
•placement opportunities
•guest lecturers
•extracurricular activities such as publishing and editing Politics Review Magazine, and joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to take a semester long work placement in your second year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Examples include assisting members of parliament, working for NGOs, campaign groups or the council.

Live projects

If you choose a non-placement routes, you will receive employer engagement through our sector leading Venture Matrix enterprise, where employers invite you to help them address the issues their organisations need to resolve.

Field trips

A five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels will give you the opportunity to meet policy makers, politicians, and various representatives of non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost.

Language option

Improve your employability and degree of internationalisation by studying a language. Throughout the course you have the option to study a language of your choice for credit, whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Modules

**Year one modules** • introduction to political thought • introduction to international relations • the politics of post-war Britain • introduction to politics and society • the politics of the US • graduate development 1 • language elective

**Year two core modules – semester one** • contemporary political philosophy • research methods in politics • Europe and the European Union

**Year two options – semester two** choose one of the following streams
**Optional stream one** • work placement
**Optional stream two** • work project • plus two options
**Optional stream three** • study abroad
**Optional modules** • the politics of welfare in the 21st century • divided societies • Britain in the world: British foreign policy in the modern era • society and nature: the politics of the environment

**Year two options - semester two (language stream)** • work project • language elective plus
one option module • the politics of welfare in the 21st century • divided societies • Britain in the world: British foreign policy in the modern era • society and nature: the politics of the environment

**Year three core modules** • dissertation • language elective (if on the language stream)
**Year three options** chose four options from • anarchism: direct action in theory and practice • British political parties in the modern era • failed states and democratisation • terrorism, counter-terrorism and conflict transformation • theories and methods of conflict resolution • applied human rights and active communities • politics and the city • international political economy • African politics

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Essays
• Critical reports
• Case studies
• Literature reviews
• Presentations
• Portfolio development
• Examinations
• Work experience

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

84%
high
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

95%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
95%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Customer service occupations
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

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£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

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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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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