International Relations and Politics Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

If you want to study an international relations-orientated course but don’t have the usual required qualifications, this extended degree includes a foundation year that, if passed successfully, allows you to continue on to an undergraduate degree. You’ll learn the skills necessary for academic study such as critical thinking, research skills and essay writing. Core topics are explored in the foundation year so you'll have proper grounding in the subjects you want to explore at an undergraduate level. Courses you can progress on to include the International Relations BA, Politics BA or combined subjects such as international relations and politics, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies or law.

More about this course

The International Relations and Politics Extended Degree includes a foundation year that prepares you for the opportunity to study at an undergraduate level in the field of social sciences and humanities at London Metropolitan University.

The foundation year will ground you in the basics of the social sciences and humanities, with modules including Culture, Family and Power; Critical Thinking and Media; and Crime and Race.

Successfully complete the foundation year and choose from six core subject areas to study at an undergraduate level including International Relations BA or international relations combined with law, politics, diplomacy and more.

Our teaching staff on these courses include award winning researchers, former political councillors and previous winners of London Met’s student vote for ‘Most Inspirational Lecturer’ and ‘Best Lecturer’. Experts in their field, these staff members will help you progress in the undergraduate degree of your choice. 

Highlights of our social sciences and humanities courses can include work placements with organisations such as Amnesty International or the United Nations through our dedicated Employability Unit. Other opportunities include studying abroad in the United States, Japan, Amsterdam, Paris or elsewhere. These work placements and foreign study options are brilliant ways to boost your experience before entering the job market.


Your assessment in the foundation year will be split between coursework, exams and other methods listed below. This ensures you can display your skills in both research led and timed conditions.

Assessment variations include:

  • portfolios of reflective writing
  • digital portfolios
  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations
  • discussion and seminar skills

Fees and key information

Course type
UCAS code LL25
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2)

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to:
    1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
    2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
    3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
    4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
    • encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
    • encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
    • developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
    • developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
    2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
    3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
    4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
    5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies

    This module aims to:

    1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

    2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

    3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
    - introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
    - encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
    - introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
    - introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
    - introduce and develop digital literacy skills
    - develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Investigate the basic principles of research
    • Critically analyse published research
    • Develop and practise research skills
    • Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
    • Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
    • Further develop and practise research skills
    • Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This module aims to:

    - Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
    - Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
    - Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
    - Develop students’ voice in academic writing
    - Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
    - Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    Module aims
    1. To provide you with an introduction to selected subject areas and to see the links between various subject disciplines in the School of Social Science.
    2. To help you understand your chosen subject area in a wider context & make informed choices about degree pathways.
    3. Introduce you to specific undergraduate study skills
    Further develop reflective writing skills and reflective practice of a learner

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What our students say

"Lecturers have enthusiasm for the subject they teach, which in turn has fed my enthusiasm for the subject and modules. The lecturers also have a deep understanding of the subject they teach."
National Student Survey (NSS)

"The tutors were great and enthusiastic about their work They were also organised and provided us with enough materials both online or through handouts in class. They were very helpful when needed and always made me feel that I wanted to learn more about the subject. Interactive and engaging ways of studying were used across all the modules. Overall, the tutors really made my studies great."


After the course

Graduates from our international relations and politics related courses have progressed into successful careers, with job titles including: Programme Manager, Foreign Affairs Officer and English Language Instructor. The companies and organisations graduates work for include Muslim Aid, the American Cultural and Educational Centre of Bahrain, the UK Department for International Development and the United Nations.

Our undergraduate courses are also excellent preparation if you want to continue onto further study. Related postgraduate courses include our International Relations MA.

What is an extended degree?

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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