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University of Bath

International Politics and Modern Languages

UCAS Code: RL90

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB in three A level subjects. For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement. A level Alternative offer ABB Most of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers. ABB in three A level subjects plus one of: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language. If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement. You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.

Access to HE Diploma

D:33,M:6

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above. If you wish to study an advanced language you will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using your language at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For a beginner language you will normally need a GCSE in any modern language at grade A or 7. Please contact us to discuss the content of the Access course you are studying to check that the units you are covering are suitable.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M1

D3, D3, M1 in three principal subjects. For an advanced language option, your principal subjects must normally include that language. Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer D3, M1, M1 Most of our students will join us with three principal subjects, but you may have study beyond this (such as a Global Perspectives course or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers. D3, M1, M1 in three principal subjects plus one of: grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification For an advanced language option, your principal subjects must normally include that language. If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects. For an advanced language option, your Higher Level subjects must normally include that language.If you apply with a Standard Level in your required language and are otherwise suitable you may be asked to undertake a language assessment. Our typical offer in this case would be 35 points overall with 6, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects plus 7 in Standard Level in your chosen language.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD in the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject area. If you wish to study an advanced language you will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using your language at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For a beginner language you will normally need a GCSE in any modern language at grade A or 7. See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

D*DD

D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in a relevant subject area. If you wish to study an advanced language you will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using your language at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For a beginner language you will normally need a GCSE in any modern language at grade A or 7. See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

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

DDD

DDD in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) in a relevant subject area. If you wish to study an advanced language you will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using your language at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For a beginner language you will normally need a GCSE in any modern language at grade A or 7. See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Scottish Higher

A,B

AB in two Advanced Highers. For an advanced language option, your Advanced Highers must normally include that language. We make offers based on Advanced Highers. You will typically be expected to have completed five Scottish Highers and your grades in these will be considered as part of your application. We prefer applicants who have achieved at least AAABB in their Highers.

UCAS Tariff

60-136

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

French studies

Politics

Start a new language or achieve fluency in a language you’ve already studied. Gain the skills to understand the international political environment.

This degree (subject to final approval) enables you to combine the study of a language at either ab initio (beginner) or advanced level with the study of international politics. In the course, the language and politics strands carry equal weighting. You will gain a strong competence in both your chosen language and in relevant issues of international politics.

You can choose your language of study from either advanced French, German or Spanish (intended for those who have studied to A level standard) or any beginner language (which you do not need to have studied before): French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish.

The beginner language stream will fast track your first two years in order to achieve the ability to study abroad in the third year. If you study an advanced language, you will be taught to engage with political and cultural issues in the target language.

In years 1 and 2 you will cover key concepts and theoretical tools which will enable you to study international relations and international politics. You’ll also explore the history and cultures of the country or countries of your chosen language in an international context. Your third year will be spent studying or working abroad. The year abroad assessment contributes towards your final degree classification.

In the final year, you will write a politics dissertation supervised by an academic member of staff. There are several optional units you can choose, allowing you to focus on areas that you are most interested in and excited by.

When completing your UCAS application for this course you will need to indicate the language and level you wish to study. You should do this in under "further details" in the "choices" section of the application form, using one of our listed codes. The available language options are:

French (advanced): FA
French (beginner): FB
German (advanced): GA
German (beginner): GB
Spanish (advanced): SA
Spanish (beginner): SB
Italian (beginner): IB
Mandarin (beginner): MB
Russian (beginner): RB

You can only choose to study one language through this degree.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Politics, Languages and International Studies

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.

78%
med
French studies
76%
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.

French studies

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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
86%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Politics

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
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

74%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

French studies

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.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from French courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. About one in five working graduates from 2015 got jobs overseas — often as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. Those who want to stay at home to work find jobs in education, and anywhere where good communication skills are a must. That means you can find French graduates in education, in marketing, in the arts and in business and finance as teachers, writers, personnel officers, financial advisors, analysts, sales people and marketers. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

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.

£25,750
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Business, research and administrative professionals
18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Business, finance 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.

French studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

£31k

£31k

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.

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.

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

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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