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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Politics
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£17.5k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

• 104 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies. Or • 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88-104 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


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


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

You develop critical insight into a wide range of national and international political and social issues on this degree. You engage with historical and contemporary political theories and ideas, research, and you are supported so that you can conduct your own original study into the political world. Our diverse team of academic staff and researchers aim to foster a theoretical and empirical understanding of complex domestic and international processes. The degree places special emphasis on the study of international, multilateral and regional political and economic institutions, while examining the roles of and interactions between public and private state and non-state actors. You explore how radical social changes are reshaping the political landscape, and be given the tools required to understand and explain these shifts. You are provided with the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, develop 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 and personal journeys. During the course you • learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues in the UK and internationally • gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories that affect government and social decision-making. • debate how current issues and political controversies are covered in the media and how the media helps frame political views. Key areas include • the nature of political ideas and concepts • international relations • the political history of the UK • the politics of the European Union and Brexit • the theory and practice of human rights • the politics of the environment • international political economy • charity and philanthropy. You also have the opportunity to study a language. Work experience and placements To increase your career potential, you can take various forms of supervised work pleacements. This might be with one of our partner political organisations, or with voluntary or public sector organisations. Our placement partners include local and central government, local educational institutions, and regeneration and environmental organisations. Study overseas In the second year you have the option to go on one semester academic exchange with one of our international partner universities in North America and Europe as part of the Erasmus programme. This is a great opportunity to gain academic experience in an international context. Studying policy-making environments in practice Students have the opportunity to visit the institutions of the EU to gain first-hand experience of EU policy-making environment. These fully funded visits enable you to meet practitioners and representatives of the institutions of both the EU and other European bodies. Further, guest lecturers regularly come to give you insider perspectives on the machinery of modern politics. Gain transferrable skills In addition to specific political skills and knowledge, as a politics graduate you can also offer intellectual and analytical skills and information and communication technology skills that make you attractive to employers in a range of areas. We also have a student-led Politics Society and a model UN group that visits model UN simulations in the UK and abroad. The group's activities help its members develop their negotiation skills and understand how politics really works.


**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

Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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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
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
22% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
281 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £17.5k LOW
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Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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