Politics (with placement year)

Loughborough University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Political change and political argument are at the centre of our rapidly changing world. Our BA Politics degree focuses on the key issues and ideas which drive these often controversial developments. Our Politics degree equips you to think critically and analytically about contemporary political issues and institutions. It allows you to understand the mechanics of a variety of political institutions, as well as topical issues, ideas and controversies. The aim of this degree is to both deepen your knowledge and understanding of politics and, in the process, to equip you to become sharper citizens to meet some of the major political challenges of the twenty-first century. The BA (Hons) Politics degree progresses from a foundation in the key concepts of political practice and theory to an in-depth understanding of more specialised subjects such as populism, the EU, political violence, justice and British politics. It is structured around a number of subject areas arranged into modules, each of which is worth a number of credits. It is intended by your final year that you will have successfully completed 360 credits to graduate. For further insight into what you can expect to study on our Politics degree, please take a look at the modules listed below

Course details

Modules

For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment method

Loughborough is consistently rated among the best places in the UK to study, and the Department is committed to providing a fun, challenging, and supportive learning environment for all our students. Students learn best when they are stimulated and excited, and when the issues are brought alive to them. This is why we have increased our contact hours, and embrace new and innovative teaching techniques, participative learning methods, the latest e-learning tools, and innovative assessment techniques. You will work closely with a diverse team of experts in order to increase your own knowledge and skills, and draw your own conclusions about domestic and global politics.


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.

Course codeL203
Institution code L79
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB Grades ABB (General Studies accepted).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care.
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall including 45 at Level 3. Please obtain: 23 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, rest at Merit.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD A Level Grade B plus Distinction Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Diploma. Preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D A Level Grades BB plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. Preferred subjects: Art and Design, Business, Media, Health and Social Care
Scottish Advanced Higher AB AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 (6,5,5 HL)
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels as long as individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/
Extended Project We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website – please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose Ireland in the Country/region drop down field for more information.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/entrance-requirements/. This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course. Loughborough also accepts a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/country/ Loughborough uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers outlined in the information given for each course. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/contextual-data/

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

Additional entry requirements

Other

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.


English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/english/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18650 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures. There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet.
Politics (with placement year) at Loughborough University - UCAS