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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Politics with Foundation Year

Gain a degree in politics, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 64 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? C006
When do I start? September 2022

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.
  • Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.
  • Gain work experience with well-known organisations.
  • Visit Brussels for a chance to meet policy makers and politicians.

Develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This foundation year is an entry route if you do not meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Politics course, if you are not yet ready for degree-level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

You will share the foundation year with other Social Science (Sociology and Applied Social Science), Psychology, Law, Criminology and Policing foundation students, before moving on to your degree.

At each level of study teaching is structured to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Classwork is supplemented by guest speakers drawn from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors which provide not only different perspectives on real world issues but also an insight into the knowledge and skills required to work in these sectors.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • away days
  • study trip
  • workshops
  • e-learning
  • placement opportunities
  • guest lecturers
  • extracurricular activities such as publishing and editing Politics Review Magazine, and joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Course leaders and tutors

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Carissa Honeywell
Senior Lecturer In Politics/Political S

Senior Lecturer In Politics

Applied learning

Following completion of the foundation year, and in progressing onto the BA Politics degree, you will have a range of opportunities available to you to apply your learning.  

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to take a semester long work placement in your third year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Examples include assisting members of parliament, working for NGOs, campaign groups or the council.

Live projects

If you choose a non-placement route, you will receive employer engagement through our sector leading Venture Matrix enterprise, where employers invite you to help them address the issues their organisations need to resolve.

Field trips

A five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels will give you the opportunity to meet policy makers, politicians, and various representatives of non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost.

Language option

Improve your employability and degree of internationalisation by studying a language. Throughout the course you have the option to study a language of your choice for credit, whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Future careers

Future careers:

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the UK diplomatic service
  • fast track civil service
  • political think tanks
  • the print media
  • sports promotion
  • lobby groups
  • NGOs
  • the third sector
  • European institutions
  • local government research
  • a wide range of graduate schemes across many different professions

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences Credits: 60
Module: The Practice Of Social Science Credits: 60

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduate Study Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To International Relations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Political Thought Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Politics And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Politics Of Post War Britain Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Politics Of The Usa Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Political Philosophy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Europe And The European Union Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods In Politics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Comparative Politics Credits: 10 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary War And Security Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Divided Societies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences Credits: 50 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation (Politics) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: British Political Parties In The Modern Era Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Charity And Community Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Failed States And Democratisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Politics Of The City Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Power, Politics And Paranoia: Contemporary Issues Dividing The Great Powers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sex, Gender And World Politics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2021/22 are £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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