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University of West London

Politics and International Relations with Foundation

UCAS Code: L2L2

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,D,D

Pass Access to HE Diploma (Minimum of 45 credits at level 3)

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

MMP

UCAS Tariff

72

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

International relations

Politics

This course provides an opportunity to study governments, societies and the interaction of people, ideas and institutions which will provide the focus to understand how values are allocated and resources are distributed in various global contexts.As a foundation year student you will take two modules which focus on equipping you with the skills and attributes needed to thrive as an undergraduate student. The foundation year also provides you with the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow foundation year students across the University.This course provides you with an opportunity to examine the contemporary world at local, national and global levels. It has an emphasis on the critical appraisal of today's global problems, with the aim of developing critical reading and debating skills gradually, across all levels of the course. The experiential module 'Working in Political and International contexts' will provide a valuable opportunity to experience theory in practice and this is complemented by a balance of practical, policy and theory driven assessments throughout the extent of the course, culminating in the final Dissertation project.Upon graduation you will have developed pragmatic research capability and knowledge that you will be able to apply to professional settings within a workplace. You will have learned to think independently, developed a problem solving attitude with extensive knowledge base, attributes highly sought after in the workplace and valued by employers.Politics and International Relations graduates have most commonly found employment in a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector including: international agencies government business media.

The Uni


Course location:

West London

Department:

School of Human and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Social sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


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Social sciences

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Welfare professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
Protective 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

International relations

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.

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