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The study of contemporary politics is centrally concerned with power, collective decision making, justice, conflict, (in)equality and citizenship. Politics in the 21st century must consider what role the media plays in these processes, including reinforcing and challenging who gets what, how, why, and where. This course integrates political theory and practice.
You’ll learn about politics through the lens of a variety of disciplines: political science, international relations, anthropology, media, marketing, journalism, digital communications, economics, psychology, history, and philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach provides you with rich insights into politicians, political systems and organisations at local, national and international levels.
You can attend a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including conferences as well as field trips to locations such as Westminster, Brussels, and local government and charities. You’ll also have global opportunities through our study abroad programme and a range of internationally focused activities on and off campus. What’s more, you’ll complete a work placement during your course and can decide whether to do four or 30 weeks, which will help you foster professional relationships, build contacts and ultimately hand you invaluable experience.
This course helps you become a reflective, critical citizen ready for a range of careers as a politician, civil servant, working at nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), or representing organisations who need politically shrewd and media-savvy employees.
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
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:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|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 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.|
|Extended Project||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|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.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 - 31 points||28 - 31 points.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D||104 tariff points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DMM||112 tariff points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||104 tariff points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (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 Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)|
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.
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
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|