Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Politics

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Course summary

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Do you ever wonder how power is allocated and who takes part in collective decision-making? At BU, politics is studied with a more sociological/ intersectional understanding:Throughout this course, you'll consider the meaning and experiences of justice, conflict, (in)equality and citizenship in the context of pressing global issues. Whether it's the UK's negotiation to leave the EU, the conflict in Syria, North Korean nuclear testing, the global response to climate change, or NHS funding, politics exists in a hyper-mediated environment, raising challenges and opportunities for citizens, commentators, politicians and political organisations. You'll examine and evaluate different insights to understand the modern world in depth. As a student on this course, you'll:

  • Expand your knowledge and attend conferences and speaker seminars, as well as field trips to places such as Westminster
  • Learn from leading researchers in the fields of politics and political communication
  • Get hands-on experience of elections, serving as political pundits, expert guests or fact-checkers in Faculty-wide staff-student run projects and political talk shows, such as the recent UK General Elections 2019, or previous USA Votes 2016 and YourElection 2015
  • Tailor your course according to your passions, interests and ultimately your career aspirations
  • Study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities in Turkey, USA or Germany
  • Study alongside students from around the world at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global change. Attend expert-led lectures, cultural tours and workshops
  • Network with industry professionals and add valuable experience to your CV in a 4-week or 30-week placement. Work with organisations such as the Office of Education and Quality, Herts Mind Network and Citizens Advice
  • Take initiative, lead and organise the student-run BU Politics Society's regular events, film screenings and debates.

Course details

Modules

History of Political Thought | Critical Debates in Contemporary Politics | Political Sociology | Global Governance and International Relations | Researching Politics | Public Opinion & Persuasion | Digital Politics | Political Psychology | Political Journalism | Civil Society and Social Movements | Political Marketing and Campaigning


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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 tariff points from Scottish Highers
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D 104 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points 28 - 31 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D 104 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published tariff. Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, you can request a deferral by contacting our Admissions Team. Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please contact our Future Students Enquiry Team for more information. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £14100* Year 1
International £14100* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850. Please note that fees shown for September 2021 entry are subject to confirmation in response to changes in government policy. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
Politics at Bournemouth University - UCAS