Foundation of Politics & International Relations NCIUL Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

The Foundation course acts as a bridge between school-leavers qualifications and UK university entry requirements.
This is an ideal route onto an undergraduate degree if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades and hence do not meet the entry criteria you need for a place on a bachelor’s degree course. If you have little or no recent experience of study or examinations you should not be deterred from applying for a place on the course. Students who complete the foundation course at NC IUL and achieve the required grades are offered guaranteed progression on undergraduate courses. Students will gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required by degree-level programmes and international students will have the chance to improve their English language skills.

Studying with Us
This programme can either be completed face to face or online. By studying with us, you will have access to an innovative e-learning platform, where you can review lecture videos, interact with other students through chat rooms and dedicated forums, and find other course-related materials and documents. The e-learning platform is available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week, enabling you to accommodate your studies into your life. For more information, please contact our Registry Office.

Course details


Course Content and Structure:

This Foundation course provides students with a sound theoretical basis and knowledge for politics and international relations. Over the course of the year, students will gain an essential understanding of many of the concepts, methods and techniques you will need in order to carry out a successful study in a later degree programme.
The course has two semesters, each comprising 60 credits. The level and depth of students’ learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. The subjects we offer will cover government and political institutions, political ideas, and international relations theories, grounded in core skills of analysis and research methods training:

In semester 1 students will have the 20-credits introductory modules:
•Introduction to Contemporary History
•Academic Writing
•Advanced Computer Skills.

In semester 2 students will have three 20-credits in-depth modules:
•Introduction to Global Politics
•Principles of International Relations
•Western Philosophy: Major Thinkers.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and on-going assessments, which may include essays, research assignments, case study analysis and class tests. These assessment methods will help you ease in your new academic life, and prepare you for entering the BA (Hons) International Politics

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Open University Validation Services

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5,000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £5,000 Whole course
Scotland £5,000 Whole course
Wales £5,000 Whole course

Additional fee information

Face2Face Attendance: 6.000£ Distance Learning Attendance: 5000£

Sponsorship information

Our Partner Institution and Awarding Body is The Open University

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