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University of Central Lancashire

Politics, Philosophy and Society

UCAS Code: VL52

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

Entry requirements


104 UCAS points at A2

106 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 104 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects

104 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

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OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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

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

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104 UCAS points

104 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Philosophy

Politics

Studying Philosophy delivers highly marketable, highly transferable skills. If your ideal career requires clear thinking, talking, or writing, we'll help you prepare. Alongside this you will have the opportunity to further your own understanding of politics through the critical evaluation of political ideas, institutions and policy and decision-making processes in a national and international context. The course will equip you to understand the nature and extent of political theory, history of political thought, and political philosophy, to develop your own perspective and become more aware of traditional and current debates that concern political scientists. Discussion and debate is a distinctive feature of both Politics and Philosophy teaching, and you will be encouraged and supported to discuss and develop your own ideas both inside and outside of formal teaching sessions.

A philosophy degree is particularly suited to careers in advertising, the civil service, education, film and television, information technology, journalism, law, marketing, and management. However, the emphasis we place on transferrable skills means that philosophy graduates are able to apply these skills in differing contexts and have confidence and ability to work effectively in a varied range of occupations. You can learn a language and travel abroad with awards and bursaries through Worldwise, and spend a year or a semester studying overseas. Recent philosophy graduates have gone on to postgraduate study or teaching in primary schools and secondary schools (including A level Philosophy and/or Religious Studies), higher and further education institutes and teaching English abroad. Others have gone into management and administration in a range of public and private sector organisations.

Modules

Year 1

Politics: Power, Politics and the State, Global Politics, British Politics, International Security and Economics, Communities, Cultures and Identities

Philosophy: Reason and Argument, The Value of Knowledge: What is Education For?, Knowledge and Freedom, Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics

Sociology: Sociological Ways of Thinking, Youth, Identity and Difference, Media and Culture, Doing Social Research

Economics: Introduction to Economics (30 credits)* (Prerequisite for students taking the Economics strand within the Society theme)

Social Policy: Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of UK Social Policy, Society in Focus: A Sociological Understanding. Contextualising Welfare 2: Theories, Concepts and Issues

Year 2

Politics: Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches, History of Political Ideas, Research Methods in International Relations and Politics, Radical Political Ideas in Modern Britain

Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Foundations of Ethics, Phenomenology and Existentialism

Sociology: Contemporary Thinkers, Sociology of Religion, Innovative Research, Sociology of Social Movements

Economics: Methodology and Diversity in Economics, Social Economics, European Economic Development

Social Policy: Power, Oppression and Society, Race, Racism and Ethnicity, Comparative Social Welfare

Year 3

New single and double PPS dissertation modules. Students may be supervised by staff in Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics or Social Policy (or by a suitable combination where the dissertation is significantly interdisciplinary).

Politics: Ethics, War and Society, Continuity and Change in British Politics, Political Islam and Islamic Movements, Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy, Terrorism and Security

Philosophy: Contemporary Ethical Theory, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Modern European Thought, Philosophy of Language, Humanity, Values and the Environment

Sociology: Global Social Divisions, Sex, Violence and Strategies, Sexy Bodies: Gender, Sexuality and the Body, Sociology of Disability

Economics: Philosophical Themes in Economics, Economics of the Public Sector, Economics of Trade, Aid and Development, Economic Policy

Social Policy: Critical Social Policy, Racism and Social Welfare, Social Theory and Contextual Analysis, Disability Studies

Tuition fees

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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 Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


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.

Philosophy

Sorry, no information to show

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.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

Social sciences

Sorry, no information to show

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.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

Philosophy

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

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
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Other elementary services occupations
16%
Protective service occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

Philosophy

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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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.

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£16k

£18k

£18k

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£21k

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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