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University of Lincoln

Politics

UCAS Code: L200

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

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

DMM

112 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of 4 Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

112

From a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Politics

This BA (Hons) Politics degree examines domestic and global politics, political theory and international relations. Students have the opportunity to explore the big political issues of the day in Britain and around the globe, and study the social and theoretical contexts which underpin these developments. Politics students at Lincoln have the opportunity to develop analytical, evaluative and critical-thinking skills and to learn how to collect and analyse data, draft policy proposals, present arguments thoughtfully and debate points of contention with peers. Academics in the School of Social & Political Sciences have a diverse range of expertise and aim to provide a thorough grounding in British and global politics.

Modules

In the first year of the degree, students are introduced to the institutions and structures of power in Britain and have the opportunity to explore the relationships between nations and their historical contexts in international politics. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of key concepts in social and political sciences and are expected to gain a strong foundation in research methods. In the second year students consider the core ideas underpinning politics and closely related disciplines, such as international relations, and begin to apply these to the study of politics in a range of settings including the USA, the EU, the Middle East, and Asia. Students can broaden their skill set and develop a portfolio of transferable skills. The final year focuses on the development of alternative approaches to politics, as well as in-depth analysis of the traditional levers of power through modules like Parliamentary Studies, which is co-taught with the Houses of Parliament. By the end of their degree students should have a deep and broad understanding of politics as a discipline, a concept and an activity. For the most up to date module information, please visit the course page for this programme on our website. Some programmes provide you with the opportunity to focus your study in a particular area through optional modules. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of some optional modules to some students. As the options often reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Assessment methods

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples. Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lincoln (Main Site)

Department:

School of Social and Political 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.

82%
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

82%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£16,970
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
31%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other administrative occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Legal associate professionals

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.

Social studies

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

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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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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