Why study this course?
Our Politics (including foundation year) BA degree is designed for those who are passionate about the study of politics but don’t hold the necessary entry requirements to enter the standard three-year undergraduate degree or have been out of education for a while.
During your foundation year you’ll gain the necessary skills for academic study, such as essay writing and research, before moving on to a more in-depth study of politics in the following three years. Once you complete your foundation year you’ll be able to specialise in subjects such as international relations, diplomacy or international conflict.
92% of politics students were satisfied with the teaching on their course and 93% with the learning opportunities, according to the National Student Survey 2021.
More about this course
Our Politics (including foundation year) BA course will introduce you to a wide range of current topics in the field of social sciences.
Our academic tutors and mentors will help you progress in your degree and ensure that you gain the key skills for further academic study and employment. Apart from offering exceptional support throughout your studies, our lecturers are also experts in their academic field and their specialist knowledge will enrich your learning and inspire you to broaden your perspective.
During your foundation year, which you’ll share with students from other foundation degree courses, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of current topics and improve your academic skills. This will build the perfect foundation for in-depth study of politics and related disciplines, as you’ll learn how to reflect on the relevance of key theories, acquire key terminology, improve your reading skills and develop academic speaking abilities. If you find yourself needing extra support to succeed in your degree, you’ll be able to take advantage of our workshops that focus on specific academic and career skills, such as essay writing and interview techniques.
In Year 0, you’ll also attend a taster module that is more closely related to the subject of politics to give you an idea of what you will be studying in your subsequent three years. If you find yourself wanting to specialise in a different area of social sciences, there will be flexibility to do so.
After completion of the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content and modules as students who have started on the Politics BA three-year course. To learn more about course content in the following three years please visit the Politics BA (Hons) degree page.
Your assessment will be split between coursework, presentations and exams. Coursework may include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays and reports.
Where this course can take you
Graduates from our international relations and politics related courses have progressed into successful careers, with job titles including Programme Manager, Foreign Affairs Officer and English Language Instructor. The companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Muslim Aid, the American Cultural and Educational Centre of Bahrain, the UK Department for International Development and the United Nations.
What is a degree with a foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.