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BA (Hons) Politics (with Foundation Year option)

On this dynamic course, you’ll explore the meaning and experiences of justice, conflict (in) equality and citizenship in the context of pressing global issues. Optional units allow you to shape your learning around your political passions and career goals

  • UCAS Code:
    P486
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Why study BA (Hons) Politics at BU?

  • Expand your knowledge and attend conferences and speaker seminars, as well as field trips to places such as Westminster, local government and charities 
  • Learn from leading researchers in the fields of politics and political communication 
  • Get hands-on experience of elections as political pundits, expert guests or fact-checkers in staff-student run projects and talk shows, such as the UK General Elections 
  • Study alongside students from around the world at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global change. Attend expert-led lectures, cultural tours and workshops 
  • Network with industry professionals and add valuable experience to your CV in a 4-week or 30-week placement 
  • Take initiative, lead and organise the student-run BU Politics Society's regular events, film screenings and debates. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation year: We are currently developing a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree. This page will be updated with more information in April 2021. Please register your interest and we will email you when the foundation year option is open for applications.

What you can achieve with a BA (Hons) Politics degree

Our BA (Hons) Politics degree helps our students graduate as reflective, critical citizens – ready to pursue diverse political career paths.   

That can range from working in partisan politics to the civil service, to positions at non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or representing organisations who need politically shrewd and media-savvy employees.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 580kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are an inclusive, friendly university and we value the different skills and abilities that a wide range of people can bring to our courses. That’s why we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds with varied and different experiences.

We consider lots of different qualifications to make sure that those who have the talent and the ability to study and learn with us are given the chance to do so.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

The world of politics is constantly evolving and in today’s hyper-mediated environment, there is an even greater need for people who understand the role the media plays within politics. 

You’ll be career-ready with 90% of graduates from our social sciences courses in employment after 15 months and 75% in professional or managerial positions.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Joe Bulman

Discussion is key to the course. You'll always be encouraged to express your opinions, even if the majority in the group disagree with them.

Hear from our staff

Dr Anastasia Veneti

Learn to conduct research, form opinions and critically assess political matters, marshal arguments in a clear logical fashion and communicate their thoughts.

What our students say

Elina Kuusio

It's a very interesting course that will give you a new perspective on the media, international relations and political communication.

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