University of Salford

Politics University of Salford Degree level: Undergraduate

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This course is dedicated to examining the most central and critical questions regarding our political world and its pasts and futures. It differs from other courses in its critical emphasis, wide range of module options, and smaller class sizes.

According to Aristotle, humans are political animals. We only exist in and through political communities. How do we organise ourselves as communities? Who has power in these communities and how is it used? Do our communities lead us to ever greater forms of freedom and liberty or do we create the conditions for our own continued domination and subjection?

Ordinary citizens often feel disempowered because they find the political world confusing. By providing knowledge and understanding of how politics works, this course gives you the tools you need, as a citizen, to insist that elected representatives remain effectively accountable to you.

There is the opportunity to spend some or all of your second year studying abroad with excellent placement opportunities to boost your CV. Students who spend the whole of their second year studying at an Erasmus (European) university may qualify for a tuition fee waiver.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1: Your first year of study seeks to give you a grounding in understanding political behaviour and institutions; political theory; comparative political analysis; and international politics and history.

YEAR 2: You will build on knowledge gained in your first year, and have the option to choose from a wide range of modules. You will take two core modules: Theories of Power and Domination and Researching in International Relations and Politics. The former expands your knowledge of political concepts and thinkers, and the latter prepares you for the dissertation in your third year. You can then choose four module options. You can spend one or two semesters studying abroad at one of our many partners in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. You can also opt to develop your language skills and take a language module as part of the University-wide Language Programme.

YEAR 3: In the third year you will complete a dissertation on a political subject of your choice. This is your opportunity to develop your ideas and research a topic that you have selected. The dissertation counts as two modules. You also choose four from a range of module options, or take advantage of our placement opportunities.

Westminster Parliamentary Placement - An exciting and unique opportunity to work with a Westminster MP in London. You will put your research and communication skills to work in a challenging setting that places you at the centre of British 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 code L200
Institution code S03
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points To be obtained from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent
A level 96 - 112 UCAS tariff points to be obtained from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent
General Studies accepted
History and / or Politics desirable but not essential
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM UCAS Points 96-112
Access to HE Diploma QAA approved - Pass with 96-112 UCAS Tariff Points
Scottish Higher 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
AS AS Levels are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
History / Politics desirable but not essential
Extended Project Extended Project Qualifications are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English required
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points Politics / History desirable but not essential
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
History / Politics desirable but not essential
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points in combination with other Level 3 qualifications
History / Politics desirable but not essential
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Level 3 National Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
Scottish Advanced Higher 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points


Fees and funding

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University of Salford
The Crescent
Salford
M5 4WT


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Clearing Line

0300 555 5030

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Additional information

Friday 5 July to Wednesday 14 August 9am until 5pm (except Fridays 10 am until 4pm), Thursday 15 August 7am to 7pm, Friday 16 August 8am to 6pm, Saturday 17 August 9am to 5pm, Sunday 18 August Closed, Monday 19 August 9am to 5pm (and from this date on, except for Fridays 10an to 4pm).


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0161 295 4545


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