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Course summary

Course overview

  • Our everyday lives and future prospects are shaped by the decisions of the political parties who are elected to represent us. Our BA (Hons) Politics course explores the forces that shape today’s world at a regional, national and international level.
  • This course is perfect for anyone who’s looking to understand how political ideas and systems shape societies. You’ll study the role of government and political institutions, exploring how their policies on everything from crime and punishment to education, healthcare and the welfare state affect the lives of the populations they serve.
  • Throughout the course you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of political theory, the history of political ideas and political ideologies.
  • You’ll also explore the increasingly critical area of international politics and international relations. We’ll look at contemporary issues including globalisation, the centrality of political institutions in decision-making, political and economic development, international terrorism and security.
Why study with us
  • Our Politics courses are ranked 1st in the North West and 2nd in the UK for learning opportunities – National Student Survey 2019.
  • We are also ranked 3rd in the North West for ‘overall student satisfaction’ and ‘assessment and feedback’ – National Student Survey 2019.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe and North America.


Year 1: Politics, Power and the State, Global Politics, British Politics Year 2: Research Methods in Politics and International Relations, Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches, History of Political Ideas, Progressive Politics and Political Ideas in Modern Britain Year 3: Politics Dissertation, Terrorism and Security, Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy, Continuity and Change in British Politics

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Politics at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS