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University of Strathclyde

History and Politics and International Relations

UCAS Code: VL12

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, GCSE Maths 4/C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Maths SL5

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNC Social Sciences: A in Graded Unit; Maths National 5 B, or equivalent

Scottish HND

Pass

HND Social Sciences: ABB in Graded Units may enable second-year entry to History with Politics & International Relations

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A

Higher English, Maths/Applications of Mathematics National 5 B, or equivalent

UCAS Tariff

120-132

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

51%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

Politics

Studying history – the story of humanity through the ages – develops your knowledge of the past and gives you a better understanding of the present. As a politics student, you'll look at the work of governments and their policies and study the behaviour of those who govern - and who they are governing - both at home and abroad. You'll also gain knowledge of domestic and international institutions and issues relating to conflict and cooperation.

Why History and Politics and International Relations at Strathclyde?
Learn about the context in which we live today through some of the most important and interesting periods in UK and world history.
Benefit from excellent teaching in a range of professionally relevant areas, such as problem-solving, communication, research methods and interpretation that enhance your employability.
Opportunity to study abroad in a North American or European university for six or 12 months.
Access to internships and placements.

Your Career
Our graduates have secured employment in marketing and PR companies, the Civil Service and intelligence services, the Scottish parliament, charity sector, banking, libraries, museums and heritage, teaching, academia and journalism.

Recent graduate roles include:
Business Banking Manager
Business Development Graduate
English Teacher
Graduate Trainee - Financial Services
Marketing intern
Studio Executive at The Telegraph

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£15,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Strathclyde

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.

83%
med
History
81%
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.

History

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
88%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Politics

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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
87%
IT resources
84%
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?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

History

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.

£16,777
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Other elementary services occupations
16%
Customer service occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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.

£18,100
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Customer service occupations
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.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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