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Who holds power and why? Is globalisation positive? When is war just? Politics is made for people who love to tackle the big topics. In this degree, you’ll study political systems and learn how to write, research and reason with incredible clarity. Politics has been taught at Leicester since the 1940s and we have always been at the cutting edge of British political science – we aim to fire your intellectual curiosity about the politics of the world. As well as examining the workings of the political system in the UK and other states, you will explore some of the most important and interesting issues in politics. Our lecturers produce internationally renowned, cutting-edge research, and are keen to share their knowledge. You will also learn from guest speakers, including MPs and members of US Congress, and enjoy the option to study politics from different perspectives by spending a year studying abroad. During your time with us, we will encourage you to focus your studies on your own areas of interest. All our degrees offer a wide range of exciting module choices – and as our lecturers have such diverse interests, you will receive enthusiastic support and guidance for whichever area you choose. Employabilty is embedded into our degrees and we have designed modules that will ensure you are well equipped to secure graduate roles or places on postgraduate courses. The popularity of Politics at degree level also reflects the value of the transferable skills students gain. The ability to analyse complex issues and reach reasoned conclusions, to present coherent arguments in written and oral form, to engage in independent research, and work effectively as a member of a team are skills highly valued by employers. Job prospects are excellent, with 98% of our Politics and International Relations students in employment or further study, six months after graduating.
In your first year, you will take introductory modules that focus on the study of government, political ideas and ideologies, and power and ethics. In your second year, you will develop your understanding of Government and Political Theory. There is also greater flexibility to shape the course of your degree as you choose from a range of optional modules. In your final year, you will have the freedom to specialise in areas of the subject that particularly interest you, as well as writing a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. For full module details, please see our website.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Qualification accepted. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]|
|Scottish Higher||Qualification accepted. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||Qualification accepted. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points|
|Extended Project||Considered alongside other qualifications.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)|
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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