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Our BSc Politics and Economics provides a thorough grounding in both politics and economics, with a range of optional modules allowing you to select specialist areas to suit your interests. Politics and economics are intimately interlinked, and it has never been more important to understand these two crucial disciplines together. The BSc Politics and Economics at the University of Southampton will help you gain a deep understanding of the foundations of both subjects, through study of political systems, international relations, democratic politics, political ideas, macro- and microeconomics, statistics and mathematics for economics, and enables you to develop your own interests through optional modules, such as those in international trade and policy, development economics, the politics of the EU, and Chinese politics. Our BSc degree is designed to develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, as well as highly valued independent research skills. Graduates from this BSc are well placed to pursue careers in national and international political and economic institutions, the civil service, finance and business, and think tanks and advocacy organisations.
We teach a range of core modules in politics and economics in Year 1, as well as further compulsory modules in Year 2 and 3 which build on this knowledge foundation. Four modules are studied per semester. There are optional module choices in all three years. The dissertation is compulsory in Year 3, and you decide whether to pursue it in politics or economics, depending on your own interests. Research methods and statistics modules are taught in Year 1 and Year 2, to deliver the key skills required on this type of programme, to support your research and study in your other modules, and to prepare you for the dissertation in Year 3. Students pick optional modules from a range (please see our website for details). In addition to this, our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.
Modules are examined at the end of the semester in which they are taught, and in some cases a coursework mark will contribute to the overall grade for the module. Final degree classes are based upon marks from the second and third years.
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|Campus name||Main Site - Highfield Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB||Standard offer: ABB including AS-level Mathematics or A-level Mathematics (minimum grade B) or A-level Physics (minimum grade B) or A-level Statistics (minimum grade B) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: BBB to include grade A in the EPQ, and including AS-level Mathematics or A-level Mathematics (minimum grade B) or Physics (minimum grade B) or Statistics (minimum grade B) Contextual Offer: BBB including AS-level or A-level Mathematics (minimum grade B) or Physics (minimum grade B) or Statistics (minimum grade B) We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for this course. The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A Levels may also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus B in A-level Mathematics|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 30 credits M: 15 credits||Standard offer: 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit Mathematics must be studied to level 3, A-level standard|
|Scottish Higher||We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 – S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject) Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Admissions Office at [email protected] for more information. Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD||DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in A-level Mathematics|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D||D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AB from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B)|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||DMM||DDM in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A-level Mathematics|
|Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)||DD||DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A-level Mathematics|
|Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)||D||D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B)|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Admissions Office at [email protected] for more information. Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||Standard offer: Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level and 5 at Standard Level in Mathematics International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||B||Standard offer: AB from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade B) or Physics (minimum grade B) or Statistics (minimum grade B) and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate .|
|Extended Project||A||The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, may also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our EPQ Admissions Policy webpage.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3||H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including Mathematics at H2|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M2, M2||Standard offer: D3 M2 M2 in three Principal subjects including Mathematics at M2 Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C|
We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate, Foundation Programmes. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant. English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page. webpage. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Admissions Team at [email protected]
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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