Politics with French BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

Politics is about people and power: who gets it, how they use it and what makes a society fair. Our innovative degrees focus on the active role that citizens can play in shaping politics internationally, nationally and locally. A distinctive feature of the programme is its applied nature and its emphasis on bringing about political and social change, whether at a local, national or international level.

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Politics and French, with our French programmes ranked top ten in both the Complete University Guide 2019  and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for French Studies in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.

What you will study

Politics as your major

Politics is all about people and power. As a Politics major you will focus on understanding ­and using a range of concepts, methods, theories and approaches for political, social and economic analysis, as well as building a sound foundation of knowledge in international  affairs.

Thanks to Surrey's unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development, you can be sure that your learning will always address real situations and topical problems, with plenty of opportunities for you to get out of the classroom and gain some impressive experience (including the option of a Professional Training placement).

Putting knowledge, techniques and personal development together in this way will give you the insight to think critically about politics and become an expert on the people, events, ideas and institutions that shape politics at local, national and international levels.

You will also develop a feel for the contested nature and problematic character of political enquiry, including issues related to diversity and equality.

Integrative module for Politics majors 

Everything is political, they say. This integrative module is all about testing that statement. Together with your fellow Politics majors, you will examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are affected by politics, and vice versa.

What are the key features of politics as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into politics deriving from each individual's study of their minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of politics from a more complete perspective.

French as your minor

Our French minor will hone your fluency through state­-of­-the-­art language learning, giving you a solid basis to explore the related themes and topics that interest you most (including translation, French society, media, arts and politics.)

This is a great choice if you want to gain a greater understanding of France and other French­-speaking countries, and thanks to the growth of French as an international language you'll also gain desirable insight into global political, economic, NGO and diplomatic affairs.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 48 months 43HW View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 36 months 43HW View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

The Professional Training placement gives you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Politics with French placements

All our BSc programmes have the option of a Professional Training placement after your second year. You can either take a politics and economics-related work placement or study politics and economics overseas, or a combination of the two.

In all, the placement allows you to apply and develop your understanding, as well as discover new approaches and elements.

The distinguishing feature of our degree programmes is their applied nature. You will be taught how to apply theoretical understandings of politics and international relations to world events and issues.

Additionally, we equip students with the skills necessary to find a placement. The aim of our Professional Training placement is to provide you with a chance to experience first­hand how politics operates in the ‘real world’, at a voluntary sector organisation, a government or local authority department, an MP or MEP’s office, or an international organisation.

Current and previous placement partners include:

  • Save the Children
  • IPSOS MORI
  • Cape Town Refugee Centre
  • Transport for London
  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin)
  • Access Madagascar Initiative (Madagascar)
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ecole Bilingue de Haute-Savoie (France)
  • Shadow Defence Secretary's Office
  • A range of political parties – Conservative, Labour and the Socialist Workers Party

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Graduates over the last few years entered employment in companies, organisations and public life such as:

  • Houses of Parliament
  • Deloitte
  • Snapdragon Consulting
  • City Year
  • YMCA
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Surrey County Council

In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for Masters degrees in a range of programmes and countries. We are also proud of our record of alumni who have continued education up to doctoral level and become academic scholars in their own right.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

It is possible to spend half or all of your third year on study exchange with one of our European partner universities. These include:

  • Aarhus University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Maastricht
  • Istanbul Kemerburgaz
  • Science Po Aix
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas

If you choose to study at a European partner, you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

We also operate an exchange scheme with:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Brock University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • Victoria University, Wellington

The advantages of participation in the exchange scheme are numerous.

They include exposure to a different culture and the challenges of living in a new country, and the opportunity to learn a new language and experience new teaching practices and approaches to political science/international relations.

These challenges and experiences ensure that you emerge from the exchange year with increased self­confidence and widened employment opportunities that derive from your improved language competencies and communication skills.

You will also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that significantly improves performance in your final year.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

The Department of Politics' commitment to research-led teaching has encouraged our staff to innovate and become leaders in the development of new teaching methods. This approach has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships.

We maintain an active involvement with social media as a tool for teaching and learning, and strive to apply effective teaching methods through interactive learning, direct observation and simulation games. You will benefit from inclusion in and engagement with research projects that our academic staff are currently undertaking.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

CHAPPELL LC Dr (Politics)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required subjects: French.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required subjects: French with at least 7.5. If you are not taking French please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32. 

Required subjects: French HL5/SL6. If you are not taking this subject please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required subjects: French.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required subjects: A-level French. GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

Other International Qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £15,800 £1,850
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 £15,800 Not applicable

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are no associated costs with this programme.

Optional expenses

Final year students may wish to participate in an optional trip to the Houses of Parliament whilst studying the 'Perspectives on the UK Parliament' module - £30 approx.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

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