Philosophy and Politics - BA (Hons)

Philosophy and Politics draws upon our understanding and perception of worldwide events and theories. You will delve into the big issues and questions that impact our everyday lives. You will explore governmental decisions as well as debates around traditions and policies, building an analytical view of the world and gaining key skills in communication and problem-solving.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • LV25

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Philosophy and Politics at Keele University?

Global Top 300 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2022)
Discover new ideas, debate big questions with your lecturers and peers, and better appreciate the views of others
Opportunity to tailor your programme based on your interests and career aspirations
Apply for an International Year at one of our partner universities across the globe and discover diverse cultures
Opportunity to gain professional experience in an additional work placement year within your studies
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"I cannot recommend the study of philosophy enough. From that first moment when you really ‘get’ the subject it only leaves you wanting more. The subject is interesting and enjoyable while also being one of the few non-vocational courses to directly teach you important skills that employers look for such as analysis, communication and argumentation."

Nick, Philosophy and Politics

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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"I’ve had a great time at Keele, I love the community feeling and it’s great how the library is open 24 hours a day. The support I’ve had from the School has been amazing, If I had an issue I’d get a reply from my tutors within seconds. In terms of confidence, I didn’t have much when I arrived at Keele but the course has really boosted my self-confidence."

Amanpreet, Politics

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

Our combined honours foundation year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines – from music to media – which enable us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and ‘mainstream’ society. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Social Sciences 1 module introduces you to the ‘backbone’ of social sciences, the concept of social inclusion, the factors that lead to exclusion and the impact this may have on individuals, families and communities. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One

In addition to the modules listed, students will study a further 15 credits in semester one. The optional modules available for students to choose from is dependent on the degree programme and timetabling restraints.

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the Code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00263 Foundations of Social Sciences 1 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities 1 15 credits

Semester Two

FYO-00269 Advancing Social Sciences 30 credits
FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

 

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) Philosophy with Foundation Year (UCAS code: V5V0) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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