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Our BSc Politics offers a firm grounding in the three main areas of political theory, comparative politics and international relations. Aspire to change society for the better with a BSc in Politics from the University of Southampton. This three-year BSc course will develop your understanding of political systems, political ideas and thinkers, democracy and the modern state, and, through a wide range of optional modules, introduce you to crucial political debates such as the dilemmas of modern migration, the role of the media, and the future of the European Union. Our BSc Politics is designed to develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, as well as highly valued independent research skills. This degree can help lead to careers in politics, national and international political institutions, the civil service, think tanks, campaign organizations, as well as careers in business and journalism.
We teach a range of core modules common to all the politics degrees in Year 1, as well as compulsory modules in Year 2 which are particular to some degrees only. Four modules are studied per semester. There are optional module choices in all three years, and in Year 3 all modules taken are optional (except the dissertation, which is compulsory). Research methods modules are taught in both Year 1 and Year 2, in order to deliver the key research skills required on this programme, to support your research and study in your other modules and to prepare you for the dissertation in Year 3.
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!
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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 from 3 A levels Alternative offer: BBB from 3 A levels including A Level Politics EPQ offer: BBB from 3 A levels and Grade A in the EPQ If studying A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. 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.|
|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 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit|
|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.|
|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 overall score of 32 points, with 16 points required at higher level|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Standard offer: AB from 2 A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. Alternative offer: BB from 2 A levels (including Politics) and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. If studying A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for this course.|
|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.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M2, M2||Standard offer: D3, M2, 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, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B.|
GCSEs: The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). 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. Contextual admissions: The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. For more information on the University of Southampton’s Contextual Admissions Policy, please see our contextual admissions webpage.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|