London Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Politics (including foundation year)

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Course summary

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Why study this course? Our Politics (including foundation year) BA degree is designed for those who are passionate about the study of politics but don’t hold the necessary entry requirements to enter the standard three-year undergraduate degree or have been out of education for a while. During your foundation year you’ll gain the necessary skills for academic study, such as essay writing and research, before moving on to a more in-depth study of politics in the following three years. Once you complete your foundation year you’ll be able to specialise in subjects such as international relations, diplomacy or international conflict. More about this course Our Politics (including foundation year) BA course will introduce you to a wide range of current topics in the field of social sciences. Our academic tutors and mentors will help you progress in your degree and ensure that you gain the key skills for further academic study and employment. Apart from offering exceptional support throughout your studies, our lecturers are also experts in their academic field and their specialist knowledge will enrich your learning and inspire you to broaden your perspective. During your foundation year, which you’ll share with students from other foundation degree courses, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of current topics and improve your academic skills. This will build the perfect foundation for in-depth study of politics and related disciplines, as you’ll learn how to reflect on the relevance of key theories, acquire key terminology, improve your reading skills and develop academic speaking abilities. If you find yourself needing extra support to succeed in your degree, you’ll be able to take advantage of our workshops that focus on specific academic and career skills, such as essay writing and interview techniques. In Year 0, you’ll also attend a taster module that is more closely related to the subject of politics to give you an idea of what you will be studying in your subsequent three years. If you find yourself wanting to specialise in a different area of social sciences, there will be flexibility to do so. After completion of the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content and modules as students who have started on the Politics BA three-year course.

Course details


Example Year 0 modules include: Critical Thinking (core) Interventions for Change (core) Media, Crime and 'Race' (core) Reflecting on Self and Society (core) Researching Discrimination (core) Researching Inequality (core) Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core) Example Year 1 modules include: Global Politics, Economy and Society (core) Introduction to International Relations (core) Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core) Politics and Government (core) Example Year 2 modules include: Comparative Politics (core) Governance and Public Policy (core) Political Theory (core) Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 (alternative core) Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core) American Foreign Policy (option) Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (option) Contemporary US Politics (option) Media and Culture (option) Politics of the Middle East option) Racism and Ethnicity (option) Politics of the European Union (option) Example Year 3 modules include: Politics of Modern States (core) Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 2 (alternative core) Placement 1 Year (alternative core) Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core) Project 1 Semester (alternative core) Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option) African Politics (option) Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (option) Human Rights and International Conflict (option) Latin American Politics (option) Modern British Politics (option) Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option)

Assessment method

Your assessment will be split between coursework, presentations and exams. Coursework may include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays and reports.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3300 Module
England £2310 Module
Northern Ireland £2310 Module
Scotland £2310 Module
Wales £2310 Module
Channel Islands £2310 Module
International £3300 Module

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Politics (including foundation year) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS