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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Politics and International Relations and History

UCAS Code: L204

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits including 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-28

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM-DMM

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

MMM-DMM

UCAS Tariff

96-112

We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range and you meet any subject specific requirements (where applicable). If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we can still consider your application but will also take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSE (or equivalent) profile and/or relevant non-academic achievements, references and your motivation for study.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

International studies

By studying Politics and International Relations, you will develop communication, critical thinking and research skills that will enable you to pursue your career of choice after graduating.The degree prepares you to act as critically reflective, employment-ready citizens in public service, politics and civil society.

This course will equip you to pursue diplomatic, developmental and political careers, and reach executive positions. The course supports this aim through a combination of rigorous intellectual work with applied projects mentored by industry professionals.

You will develop an applied understanding of the complex relationship between political theorising, international relations and diplomatic practice. The course will strengthen your ability to compare political situations, institutions and movements across countries.

Our History programme is designed to give you a broad overview of historical development and change over time, as well the opportunity to study particular periods and historical themes in more detail. It will enable you to develop the analytical and communication skills that are vital for gaining rewarding graduate-level employment.

It can be taken either as a Single or Joint Honours degree and you can follow a general programme of modules or follow a pathway in Modern History or Early-Modern History.

Assessment methods

Most of our assessment is by coursework (about 90%) with a small number of revealed exams (about 10%).

Our assessment models are different for each module, so you can develop a range of demonstrable skills during your degree programme. Many modules are assessed through essays, but you will also write critical commentaries about primary sources, or review books and articles. In some modules you may participate in mini-conferences where you'll present your work to your peers in a supportive and encouraging environment.

You will receive written feedback on all assignments and are encouraged to meet regularly with tutors to discuss your work individually.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£12,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

84%
med
History

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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

88%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

Social sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Childcare and related personal services

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.

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.

£14,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
97%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Administrative occupations: finance

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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