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

  • 2023

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • L200

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

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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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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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 BA (Hons) Politics 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. 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

Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing

15 credits

FYO-00263

Foundations of Social Sciences - 1

15 credits

FYO-00265

Foundations of Social Sciences - 2

15 credits

Semester one option modules

Students will choose one module to study from the below options.

FYO-00253

Foundations of Business (Option)

15 credits

FYO-00267

Foundations of Social Sciences 3 

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 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 need to apply for BA (Hons) Politics with Foundation Year (UCAS code: L2LH) 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.

Information for international students

International students who do not meet the entry requirements for this integrated foundation year course may be eligible to study an International Foundation Year stand alone preparation course.

Please visit the International Foundation Year pages for information on how to apply, entry requirements and course details.

Information for students returning to education

We are interested in a broad range of qualities, not just your points on entry. We would like to learn more about you, your interests, experiences and motivation to study.

We would be delighted to talk to you about your work experience (paid or voluntary) and qualifications, and help you to explore your options for study with us.

Contact us via admissions@keele.ac.uk

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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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.