Our BA (Hons) Politics degree with a foundation year can open up a range of exciting career possibilities by helping you to develop transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers.
The foundation year gives you an exciting introduction to higher education, exploring the humanities and social sciences before progressing to the full degree programme. It’s ideal if you need a little more support after further education or if you are returning to education after a gap.
The degree itself involves exploring British and European politics, public policy, political theory and philosophy.
You have the chance to take an internship with the Welsh Assembly Government and a British Parliamentary Studies module, partly taught by expert staff from the Houses of Parliament.
Politics at Swansea University is in the UK’s top 10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018).
WHY POLITICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR AT SWANSEA?
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, Politics is ranked:
- Top-10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018)
- Top-20 in the Guardian University Guide 2018
- Top-20 for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018)
You will study in one of the select departments in the UK to offer the British Parliamentary Studies module, where you will be taught by our specialist academic staff and Members of Parliament, and you will visit the House of Commons.
You will have the competitive option of undertaking an internship module with the National Assembly for Wales, working closely with Assembly Ministers.
You can also have a semester abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore or the USA, further enhancing your student experience and career prospects.
YOUR POLITICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EXPERIENCE
During your foundation year, you will explore what it means to be human – studying a range of humanities and social science topics to introduce you to university-level study.
You will start the degree course in your second year, when we offer varied and flexible course content, so you can shape your Politics degree to your own interests.
Topics include British and European politics, public policy, political theory and philosophy, electoral issues, democracy and International peace and conflict.
Teaching is informed by our world-leading research and you can attend seminars organised through our guest speaker programme.
You will have an academic mentor for any pastoral and academic support you may need.
POLITICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
91% of graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015).
Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Our graduates are truly international and are employed all around the world.
They have careers in:
- government and politics
- humanitarian organisations
- media and public relations
- public services