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Politics (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Politics (including foundation year) BA degree is designed for those who are passionate about the study of politics but don’t hold the necessary entry requirements to enter the standard three-year undergraduate degree or have been out of education for a while.

During your foundation year you’ll gain the necessary skills for academic study, such as essay writing and research, before moving on to a more in-depth study of politics in the following three years. Once you complete your foundation year you’ll be able to specialise in subjects such as international relations, diplomacy or international conflict.

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More about this course

Our Politics (including foundation year) BA course will introduce you to a wide range of current topics in the field of social sciences.

Our academic tutors and mentors will help you progress in your degree and ensure that you gain the key skills for further academic study and employment. Apart from offering exceptional support throughout your studies, our lecturers are also experts in their academic field and their specialist knowledge will enrich your learning and inspire you to broaden your perspective.

During your foundation year, which you’ll share with students from other foundation degree courses, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of current topics and improve your academic skills. This will build the perfect foundation for in-depth study of politics and related disciplines, as you’ll learn how to reflect on the relevance of key theories, acquire key terminology, improve your reading skills and develop academic speaking abilities. If you find yourself needing extra support to succeed in your degree, you’ll be able to take advantage of our workshops that focus on specific academic and career skills, such as essay writing and interview techniques.

In Year 0, you’ll also attend a taster module that is more closely related to the subject of politics to give you an idea of what you will be studying in your subsequent three years. If you find yourself wanting to specialise in a different area of social sciences, there will be flexibility to do so.

After completion of the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content and modules as students who have started on the Politics BA three-year course. To learn more about course content in the following three years please visit the Politics BA (Hons) degree page.


Your assessment will be split between coursework, presentations and exams. Coursework may include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays and reports.

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UCAS code L201
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry 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 GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

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.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical Thinking (core)
  • Interventions for Change (core)
  • Media, Crime and 'Race' (core)
  • Reflecting on Self and Society (core)
  • Researching Discrimination (core)
  • Researching Inequality (core)
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core)

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Global Politics, Economy and Society (core)
  • Introduction to International Relations (core)
  • Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 (core)
  • Politics and Government (core)

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Comparative Politics (core)
  • Governance and Public Policy (core)
  • Political Theory (core)
  • Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 (alternative core)
  • Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core)
  • American Foreign Policy (option)
  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy (option)
  • Contemporary US Politics (option)
  • Media and Culture (option)
  • Politics of the Middle East option)
  • Racism and Ethnicity (option)
  • Politics of the European Union (option)

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Politics of Modern States (core) 
  • Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 2 (alternative core)
  • Placement 1 Year (alternative core)
  • Politics and International Relations: Work-based Learning (alternative core) 
  • Project 1 Semester (alternative core)
  • Action and Identity: Gender and Political Participation (option)
  • African Politics (option) 
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (option) 
  • Human Rights and International Conflict (option) 
  • Latin American Politics (option) 
  • Modern British Politics (option)
  • Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (option)

What our students say

"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 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."

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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 our graduates have gone  on to work for include Muslim Aid, the American Cultural and Educational Centre of Bahrain, the UK Department for International Development and the United Nations.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

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

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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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