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Politics & International Studies with Criminology

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for the third A-Level Grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Access to HE Diploma

D:12,M:30,P:3

Pass Access Course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 60%.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Profile to include CGSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent). Essential Skills Level 2 Communication is an acceptable alternative.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

To include 12 points at higher level

104 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of four subjects at Higher Level and one subject at Ordinary Level. English Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade 04 or above (Ordinary Level) if not sitting at Higher Level.

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

DDM

BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma - DMM

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,D,D

Scottish Higher

B,C,C,C,C

UCAS Tariff

104-111

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Politics

Criminology

Important notice – campus change
This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course.

Our curriculum is based upon the research and scholarship of the team. In this Politics and International Studies with Criminology degree we foster your interests, ignite your passions and challenge and question the political and criminological world. We encourage students to pursue their interests, become research literate and have a strong understanding and appreciation of the research carried out in these disciplines. Students are encouraged to delve deep into politics and international studies and into criminology: to question, challenge and discover. You will develop expertise in key political and criminological concepts, theoretical ideas and research approaches. Focusing on political and criminal justice systems, you will critically examine the context in which it operates.

Our world leading research is used in the classroom to help develop the overall research literacy of the students. We give our students the opportunity to gain the skills and ability to carry out independent research, to assess the merits of competing theories and explanations, to work as part of a team, and to effectively engage in political debate with sensitivity to the views of others – all skills that are highly attractive to employers. Every student is encouraged to be an active member of the Politics and International Studies with Criminology team and pursue active learning in the academic study of the disciplines. This Politics and International Studies with Criminology degree provides a detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and criminology analysis, an excellent training in social research methods, the ability to apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to real-life problems, and an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of problems in society. The degree equips graduates for employment in a range of careers in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors, locally and internationally.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,360
per year
International
£15,360
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,530
per year
Republic of Ireland
£4,530
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Belfast

Department:

Jordanstown Campus

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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.

79%
low
Politics
85%
med
Criminology

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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
55%
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

74%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
49%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Sociology

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Customer service 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.

Sociology

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
30%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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