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Politics with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Politics

The BA Politics with Foundation Year will help you to understand and analyse major political issues that affect the lives of millions in the UK and beyond, such as populism, terrorism, austerity and war.

Politics can be understood as decisions about who gets what, when and how, but complex issues are rarely the result of a single factor or process. This means that students need access to a broad range of expertise. This is what our Department of Politics - one of the best known in London and beyond - offers.

Our academics are experts in a variety of geographical areas, including Britain, America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They publish books and articles in major academic journals on the full range of sub-fields in political studies, including:

- public policy (when faced with an economic crisis, why do some governments opt for ‘austerity’ measures but others do not?)

- international political economy (how do emerging powers such as Brazil and India seek to affect major international political and economic decisions?)

- voting behaviour (what factors underpin the electoral success of European radical right parties?)

- political theory (what is the fundamental nature of democracy?)

You will be taught on the basis of new knowledge generated by the people teaching you. We seek to engage not only with the wider public by publishing articles in newspapers and journals, but also with politicians and policy-makers who make crucial political decisions. The Department of Politics hosts the Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life which brings together political practitioners, activists and elected political actors to debate the big democratic questions about contemporary British politics.

Special features of the BA Politics include:

- an option module on Parliamentary Studies taught in conjunction with the House of Commons outreach service

- skills modules designed to help you understand not only what new research tells us about the political world, but to critically assess how new knowledge is produced

- study workshops on crucial academic skills, including note-taking, essay-writing and exam preparation.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BA Politics.

We also offer part-time Foundation Year degrees which allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BA Politics. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.

**Highlights**

- Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.

- Birkbeck is a distinguished centre of research and teaching excellence in politics. Our central London location puts us at the heart of the UK's political life and at the centre of academic London. Our courses are designed to encourage independent thinking and hone your argumentative, analytical and critical skills, while our teaching uniquely moves across the boundaries between subjects, encompassing, among others, economics, history and sociology.

- Our Department of Politics is over 40 years old and has a reputation for the excellence of its teaching and its internationally significant research. Our departmental building was once a key location for members of the Bloomsbury Group, so you could be studying in rooms that have hosted distinguished visitors, including T. S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw and Maynard Keynes.

- In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Politics at Birkbeck was ranked 17th in the UK.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Coursework and examinations.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Politics

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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.

82%
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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.

Politics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

72%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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

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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£33k

£33k

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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