Politics - BA (Hons)

Politics at Keele explores fundamental choices about power and how we are governed. Politics is not just the concern of politicians. It is about big issues such as the environment and human rights that affect every individual. Political activism and governmental decisions change lives and whole societies. You will engage in conversations around power, leadership, policies and political action and why they operate as they do.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • L200

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

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Why study Politics at Keele University?

Global Top 300 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2022)
Opportunity to tailor your programme based on your interests and career aspirations
Discover diverse cultures through an International Year at one of our partner universities across the globe
Opportunity to gain professional experience in an additional work placement year within your studies
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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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Keele prepared me for my future as I had the opportunity to get involved in some incredible extra curricular activities such as Model UN. This undoubtedly helped me in my early career as the skills in debating and negotiation were so valuable when it came to doing assessment centres for graduate schemes. I would definitely advise students to be open to every opportunity that comes their way!

Stephen Barber, Communications Manager for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Politics and Sociology Graduate

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Studying my Bachelor’s degree at Keele ignited my love of learning which has become a key driver throughout my career. My course gave me the transferable skills of critical and lateral thinking, communication and problem solving that I have been able to apply to every area of any business that I have worked in throughout my career.

Sophie Lawler, CEO Total Fitness, Politics and Sociology Graduate

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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 which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. 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.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Psychology course. For example, the Advancing Psychology module builds on your knowledge and understanding of core psychological concepts and explores how these can be used in an applied context. 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.

You will develop subject-specific and broad-based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, including information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Module Summary

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 Modules

FYO-00247 Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits
FYO-00201 Foundations of Psychology 15 credits
FYO-00276 Foundations of Science and Sustainability 15 credits

 

Semester Two Modules

FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits
FYO-00203 Advancing Psychology 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 40-56 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)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year (UCAS code C802) through UCAS at www.ucas.com

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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