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Course summary

This course enables students to discover how political and social systems in the UK, Europe and beyond are organised, how governments function and the relationship this has with the social and political problems individuals face today. Students will uncover how social and political structures emerge out of interactions between people and their values, ideas and institutions. The course has an emphasis on contemporary social and political problems with the aim of developing and applying critical reading, writing and debating skills from the start. Students will graduate with many indispensable and transferrable skills, including effective communication and negotiation skills, a critical mindset and a solid grasp of the way political and social policy play out on the local, national as well as the global stage. The focus of the course is contemporary political and social problems. Students are expected to engage with current affairs and develop knowledge and understanding of political and social situations across a range of issues. The politics & sociology modules are developed so as to provide you with the opportunity to learn how to reflect on social and political problems and to make critical judgements. The teaching aims to promote professional-level knowledge, skills and critical thinking to ensure that you develop key graduate attributes, such as an ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team; effective communication and problem solving skills. As UWL is the career university, the BA (Hons.) Politics with Sociology will prepare you for professional employment. The second year, ‘Working in Political & International Contexts’ placement will enable you to develop a portfolio of work-based learning and experience. Throughout the module expert advice will be given about the different employment opportunities that may be opened up to you by taking this degree. Careers in government, NGO’s, charities and aid organisations will all be featured as possibilities for your future. The course is taught by research active staff who have practical as well as academic experience in the subject field. The course is supported by a substantial number of tutors who have a wide range of interests within the subject area. This will ensure that you will be able to learn and study the specific interest within politics and sociology that you are passionate about. An opportunity of in-depth study of a particular topic will also be possible in the final year dissertation. All classes are taught in an engaging and participatory manner. You will be encouraged to try out what you have learned via a range of activities, such as, practical sessions, workshop, in-class debates and creative reflection using on-line and other media. Furthermore, the personal tutoring system will ensure that you have the academic support you need throughout your course. Career progression routes upon successful course completion: National and international government organisations, public sector, NGOs, third sector organisations, diplomacy, probation service, teaching. Further study that can be undertaken upon course completion: Applicants can apply for teaching and PGCE qualifications, Masters degrees in any relevant political science or social science field, public and social communications, human resources, marketing and PR.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE (or equivalent) English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Further information regarding fees can be found at
Politics with Sociology at University of West London - UCAS