Politics and International Relations degrees with a Foundation Year

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Overview

If you have the potential to study at degree level, but you don’t meet the entry requirements, a foundation year can bridge the gap – laying the groundwork for entry into Year 1.


The units you’ll study are designed to build your confidence and bring you up to speed for the rest of your chosen degree. So, as well as the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which helps develop your study skills for learning at the degree-level, you’ll also do three humanities units.

Once you have successfully passed your Foundation Year you will progress directly onto Year 1 of your linked honours degree.

Below is a list of the linked honours degrees for Politics and International Relations with a Foundation Year.  

For History and Philosophy combined honours courses with Politics or International Politics see History and Philosophy Degrees with Foundation Year.

For BA (Hons) English/ Politics see English Degrees with Foundation Year.

For more information about each linked degree please see the Department of History, Politics & Philosophy website and choose a course from the single honours or combined honours list.

This course is subject to a review which may mean a change to the units of study. Check back for the latest information.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression into Year 1 of your chosen linked degree.

Depending on the linked degree chosen there will be different potential career opportunities following graduation, these are outlined in more detail on individual course entries.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

Minimum 72 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3, Advanced Diploma or CACHE Level 3).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

If you have the potential to study at degree level, but you don’t meet the entry requirements, a foundation year can bridge the gap – laying the groundwork for entry into Year 1.

The units you’ll study are designed to build your confidence and bring you up to speed for the rest of your chosen degree. So, as well as the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which helps develop your study skills for learning at the degree-level, you’ll also do three humanities units.

Once you have successfully passed your Foundation Year you will progress directly into Year 1 of your linked honours degree.

All Humanities Foundation Year students study the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work, and the Understanding the Contemporary World unit. Politics and Public Services students will study Sociology and Criminology Today, Society Counts and Modern Britain since 1945 or a Uniwide language unit.

Department of History, Politics and Philosophy

Our Department of History, Politics and Philosophy offers programmes of study alongside a thriving research culture, emphasising a student-centred approach to learning.

With interdisciplinary strengths in many areas, the department takes pride in its approach to research-led teaching and being able to provide opportunities for students to work with academics at the forefront of their disciplines.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Foundation year UCAS codes are available on the honours degree pages. Visit www.mmu.ac.uk/foundation for a full list of degrees available with an integral foundation year. 

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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