Politics and Economics - BA (Hons)

Our BA in Politics and Economics explores contemporary developments in both the political sphere and the economy. It asks fundamental questions about how politics shapes the economy and how the economy shapes politics. You will delve into discussions of how society allocates resources, policy and power, to understand the world around us. You will develop your subject knowledge and analytical skills through the investigation of political systems and decision making across national and international organisations. Throughout this programme, you will apply your learning and knowledge, allowing you to demonstrate effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills; equipping you for a variety of roles and careers.

Year of entry

  • 2023

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • LL14

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international, placement or entrepreneurship year

Why study Politics and Economics at Keele University?

Global Top 300 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2022)
No. 1 in the UK for Business Studies (National Student Survey, 2020)
Discover diverse cultures through an International Year at one of our partner universities across the globe
Opportunity to undertake an entrepreneurship year and gain transferable skills
Access to industry-leading software such as Bloomberg and STATA
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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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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 foundation year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Politics and Economics degree. For example, 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. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Social Sciences 2 module considers the topic of migration and mobility by exploring how migrants are framed in terms of law, economy, data and the media over time and how ideas regarding migration are often shaped by socio-political discourses of ‘race’ and the ‘other’, creating an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ narrative. 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 MODULES

FYO-00247

Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing

15 credits

FYO-00251

Foundations of Business 2

15 credits

FYO-00263

Foundations of Social Science 1

15 credits

FYO-00265

Foundations in Social Sciences 2

15 credits

SEMESTER TWO MODULES

FYO-00271

University Research Portfolio

30 credits

FYO-00269

Advancing Social Sciences

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 Kingdom, European 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) Politics and Economics with Foundation Year (UCAS code: LL15) 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.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements, what you will study, and how to apply for a Foundation Year. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

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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