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University of Salford

International Politics and Security

UCAS Code: L294

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

Entry requirements


96 - 112 UCAS tariff points to be obtained from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent General Studies accepted History and / or Politics desirable but not essential

AS Levels are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points Politics or History Preferred.

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points History / Politics desirable but not essential

Extended Project Qualifications are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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Politics or History preferred

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points History / Politics desirable but not essential

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points in combination with other Level 3 qualifications History / Politics desirable but not essential

BTEC Level 3 National Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 112 UCAS Tariff Points

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

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BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 112 UCAS Tariff Points

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

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112 UCAS Points

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points Politics or Media Preferred Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

96-112

To be obtained from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

International politics

Security policy

This course addresses the nature of threats to security, how states seek to manage and neutralise those threats, and how security is situated within the wider practice and theory of international politics. You will study theories of international politics alongside developments in security, and international institutions such as NATO, across the 20th century and up to the present day.The range of optional modules is wider than at other universities, covering security, intelligence studies, terrorism studies, military and international history, and international politics. You can choose to study modules from the University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) as part of this course, and will have the opportunity to spend up to one year in a university outside of the UK on a study abroad exchange placement, as well as the opportunity to undertake a work placement. There is an emphasis on developing key skills for employability, including through access to the WORDSCOPE programme and the Salford Advantage scheme.With recent developments in Crimea, the al-Qaeda led attacks of 11 September 2001, and the controversy surrounding Edward Snowdens leak of classified intelligence material, there has never been a more important time to study International Politics and Security at the University of Salford.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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.

70%
low
International politics
84%
high
Security policy

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

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
55%
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

68%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Social policy

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
26%
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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
62%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
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.

Social policy

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.

£16,848
low
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
14%
Caring personal services
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International 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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£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.

Security policy

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£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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