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Political change and political argument are at the centre of our rapidly changing world. Our politics degree focuses on the key issues and ideas which drive these often controversial developments.
Politics BA 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. It aims 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 course 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, US politics, political violence, gender, justice and British politics. The course 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.
You will be introduced to the foundations of the study of Politics, providing the framework necessary for appreciating the complexities of the political world. Our assumption is that students are not necessarily familiar with Politics at this stage. Modules cover different models of democratic governance, political ideologies, international politics, and key international organisations.
Examples of core modules are listed below. In Year 1, you will also be able to choose from a range of optional modules in either Economics, English, Languages, Geography, International Relations, Business, Politics or Social Sciences.
The second year introduces some specialisation, with module choices including: British politics, protest and resistance, European politics, history of political thought, and US politics.
In this year, you will have the opportunity to study modules from a range of subjects including Business, Economics, English, Languages, History, Geography and Social Sciences. There will also be an alternative option to study abroad for the second semester - if you choose this route (instead of the standard route) you will undertake assessed work and complete a Distance Learning Research Design or Crafting a Dissertation module, plus select from a range of optional modules.
This year provides you with the greatest flexibility by allowing you to choose a number of modules from a list of options. Options include topics such as terrorism and political violence, contemporary political philosophy, gender and politics, Britain and the EU, nationalism, and populism.
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to study modules from a range of subjects including Business, Economics, English, Languages, History, Geography and Social Sciences.
A full list of indicative modules is available on the course page of our website.
During this course assessment may include; essays, exams, quizzes, video presentations, group work, policy briefs, textual commentaries, source analysis, research papers and oral presentations.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB||ABB (General Studies accepted)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||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.|
|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.|
|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/|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 points||34 (6,5,5 HL)|
|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.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AB||AB (including a language if you wish to study two languages), plus Highers at majority A/B grades|
|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/|
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.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications such as the European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Hong Kong DSE, and Indian Standard XII among many others worldwide, on top of well-established International Foundation Programmes. Please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose your country in the Country/region drop down field for more information.
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 coursehttp://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/a-z/politics/
English language requirements
All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language. For full details of the acceptable English language requirements see our website
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Clearing contact details
Loughborough University Admissions Contact Centre
01509 274 403
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Undergraduate Admissions Office
01509 274 403