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Politics with Foundation

Entry requirements


32-48 points, minimum of 2 A Levels excluding General Studies

Accepted

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (in any subject), (including GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

24 points overall

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

PPP

In any subject

UCAS Tariff

32-48

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Politics

Join our BSc (Hons) Politics with Foundation programme and benefit from a foundation year specially designed to support you in developing all the essential skills for success in higher education.

Our programme will kick start your career. At Plymouth you’ll build your critical thinking skills as well as your understanding of politics so you can be a part of the next generation leading change and tackling some of the major issues we face as a society.

We place Politics in a broad setting – looking beyond Westminster and Washington to both the global and the hyperlocal. Our curriculum spans geographies and ideologies, allowing you to understand, compare and contrast political systems.

Engage in critical current issues from security to the environment, gender and identity, while learning from research-active staff who are leaders in their subjects and are involved in real-world political campaigns.

Apply your skills in relevant settings through our extensive range of placements and work experience opportunities and our connections in parliament and on the local political and NGO scene, with organisations like Shelter.

Hone your skills in practical, real-world scenarios and learn how to campaign for a local constituency.

Be assessed in authentic ways so you are ready to take that next step in politics when you graduate, with a focus on writing briefings and creating campaigning materials. Have a go at representing the UK at the Earth Summit on one of our simulations, which are a unique and important part of the way we teach.

At Plymouth, your degree really is what you make it. From the second year, you can choose to add in modules from across the School of Society & Culture, broadening your perspective on the politics of the past with a module in History or by learning how society functions and evolves with a module in Sociology.

Field trips and guest speakers will help you connect more directly with the world of politics, including a first-year trip to London where an MP gives us a behind the scenes tour of the House of Commons. Our active political scene on campus means you can join up with any of the political parties.

What our students think: “Plymouth University provides a wide perspective of politics and international relations across the world allowing for your own ideas to be challenged and expanded.” – James Stoneman, International Relations and Politics, now youngest councillor on the Plymouth City Council.

Modules

In Foundation year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to key aspects of international relations and politics, and other relevant areas of law and social science.
In year one, you will meet and work with all members of staff in the politics and international relations group. You will develop the skills to thrive at Plymouth as an undergraduate, and be provided with opportunities to make friends with your peers on the course. You will find out what some key political thinkers have argued about democracy and its rivals. You will study the politics behind some of the most urgent environmental problems faced by humanity. You will compare different democratic systems across the world, and understand how various domestic and international political actors behave and how international systems have evolved.
In your second year, you will look at the politics of the global south, study British politics as it evolves, explore different types of non-democratic regimes and find out how the EU works and how it intends to deal with the UK as its new neighbour. You can study how civil society groups shape politics, how political debate and opinion is changing via traditional and social media, and how globalisation influences our understanding of sovereignty. Alternatively, you can choose up to two modules from across our school or study abroad with one of our partner institutions overseas.
In Final Year, you will do research on a political issue of your choice, with close support from our expert staff. You can choose from modules delivered by staff with research expertise in subjects such as the politics of the Middle East, Africa, the USA and Europe, environmental governance, the media, post-truth politics, or learn how to develop, plan and coordinate political campaigns and elections. There is also an opportunity to develop your skills with our work-based learning module. Make your degree your own, studying modules offered by other disciplines across our school.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Society and Culture

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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.

71%
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.

Politics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

43%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
61%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

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.

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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
57%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Other administrative occupations

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.

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.

£17k

£17k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

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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