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Politics
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Politics

*This is a new course and is subject to academic validation. The course may be subject to change and confirmed details of the course will be published on our Online Prospectus from December 2017, subject to the course having been validated for delivery.

Overview

With the 2017 snap general election, Brexit and the Donald Trump US Presidency, politics is as divisive as ever for those involved in the debate. Critically explore politics and examine some of the pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration and the crisis of capitalism. You also will explore how the role of the state, international power relations, ethics, and political movements and ideologies such as Marxism have profound implications for the organisation of our society. In your second year and third year, you will have a choice of optional modules and a dissertation, which you can tailor to your interests.

At the end of your first year, you can choose to pursue a single honours degree and achieve a BA (Hons) Politics award, or alternatively you can choose to study one of our pathways of specialised modules and gain a combined degree in BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development, BA (Hons) Politics with Peace Studies, BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations, BA (Hons) Politics with Political Economy or BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
With our range of politics events, volunteering options, study abroad opportunities and guest speakers, you will be able to immerse yourself in a rich learning and practical environment that will fully prepare you for the career you choose.

You will undertake a volunteering placement of your choosing as part of our Active Citizenship module, helping those in need - whether it's assisting with an elderly family member or teaching in a foreign country.

You will have the opportunity to design a mock project targeted at a non-government organisation, where you will practise lobbying your ideas during a test interview, enhancing your employability skills. Previous students have explored ways to limit the problems of globalisation.

All of our course team are research-active, working around the world for the development of society. Many carry out government-funded research and help to advise the EU on policy. These links will help ensure your course content is applicable to the wider world, and could help if you are writing a project or research proposals for international organisations.

You will also benefit from our annual Politics and International Relations Festival, our annual Peace Lecture and our annual Politics Lecture, which have attracted key political figures such as Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas and long-serving Labour politician Roy Hattersley.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 24 points.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 24 points.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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More questions?
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Careers

Nicholas Renn Nichol

Careers

Nicholas Renn Nichol
Managing Director AptART

BSc (Hons) International Relations & Global Development

“The course allowed me the freedom to explore how charities are run and how ethics are imposed within the organisation.

Modules & learning

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Introduction to Political Economy

Politics, Ethics & Justice

Introduction to Governance

Political Ideologies

World Politics

Advanced Surveillance

Debates in Human Rights

Theories of Peace & Security

The Modern State: Theories, Issues and Challenges

Environment and World Politics

Active Citizenship

Global Inequalities

International Human Rights

Understanding Security

Understanding Development

Migration: Causes, Impacts and Reactions

Political Economy of the Global South

Introduction to Marx

Dissertation

Governing Globalisation

International Political Economy

The UK & EU

Gender & Development

Human Rights & Nonviolent Resistance

Policy Making

Development in Practice

Dr Paul Wetherly
Reader
Dr Paul Wetherly is a Reader in Politics and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Politics.
I enjoy engaging students in discussion, helping them to see other points of view and think critically. What is especially enjoyable about being course leader is the opportunity it gives me for getting to know students well.
Play BA (Hons) Politics - Dr Robin Redhead, Course Leader Video
BA (Hons) Politics - Dr Robin Redhead, Course Leader

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

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