University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Politics and International Relations (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

The Integrated Foundation Year offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Politics and International Relations we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Politics and International Relations programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award. Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
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  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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INTEGRATED FOUNDATION YEAR: Stage One A • Transition to University – Learning to Learn (Compulsory) • Investigating Your Subject (Compulsory) • Foundation in Crime and Law (Compulsory) • Negotiated Learning Project (Compulsory)• Stage One B STAGE 1 • Introduction to International Relations (Compulsory) • States, Empires and the Changing Global Order (Compulsory) • Power and Vision: Introduction to Politics (Compulsory) • Politics in the UK (Compulsory) • Communication, Freedom and Democracy (Compulsory) • International Development: Social and Cultural Issues and Debates (Compulsory) STAGE 2 • Security, Terror and New Wars (Compulsory) • Global North: Power and Transformations (Compulsory) • Politics and International Relations in Practice (Placement Module) (Compulsory) • Research Methods (Compulsory) • International Field Module (Compulsory) • Democracy in Action (Designated) • The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (Designated) • Women and Politics (Designated) STAGE 3 • Politics and International Relations Dissertation (Compulsory) • Global Ethics and Identities (Compulsory) • Politics and Culture (Compulsory) • Propaganda, Scandal and the Media (Compulsory) • The Politics of the Dispossessed (Compulsory) Module information is quoted for 22/23 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly. 23/24 entry modules will be updated in June 2023.

Assessment method

The course is assessed primarily (though not exclusively) through continuous forms of coursework. We use a diverse range of assessments designed to develop both your knowledge of the course area and important key skills, including written and oral communication and critical analysis. Examples of assessments include traditional essays, short assignments, presentations, participation in debates, internet research assignments as well as interactive technology (e.g. computer gaming in relation to international diplomacy and strategy). Most modules involve two or three units of assessment spread out over the academic year.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6750 Year 1
England £6750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6750 Year 1
Scotland £6750 Year 1
Wales £6750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Politics and International Relations (with Foundation Year) at University of Northampton - UCAS