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l241 - Government and European Union Studies BA

Government and European Union Studies BA Honours

UCAS Code: L241 (4 Years)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of the politics and culture of the European Union and its member states, with study of a modern European language.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
L241

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-ABB
IB: 32-34 points

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Opportunities

You also spend a year abroad studying at one of our partner universities in Europe or on a work placement.

You can choose the following languages from beginners' or more advanced levels:

  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

You'll learn about the politics of the UK and the EU, and take part in an exciting EU decision-making simulation project.

In your final year, a dissertation or research project designed by you will allow you to demonstrate the research skills that you have developed during the degree.

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You also take 20 or 40 credits of language modules - see the options provided during induction week. 

All of our languages may be taken from beginners' level, intermediate (eg post-GCSE/AS level) or post-A level.

Optional modules

You choose two or three modules from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available, including modules in a second foreign language.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

At either Stage 2 or Stage 3 you must take one of the following optional modules:

You take one of the following language modules to build on your language skills developed in Stage 1. Options include the following modules but students should refer to the supplementary regulation from the School of Modern Languages for more information:

Optional modules

You choose modules from the following list to bring your total credits to 120:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Year Abroad in Europe

You are normally expected to spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 studying at a European university or on a politics-based work placement in another European country.

Several of our current students, for example, are spending their year abroad interning at a PR firm in Brussels.

We currently have links with highly rated politics departments at universities in:

  • Lyon (France)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Madrid (Spain)
  • Granada (Spain)

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You take at least 20 and no more than 60 credits of optional modules from the following list:

Optional modules

You take one of the following modules, if not already taken at Stage 2:

You then choose modules from the Stage 2 optional modules list above and/or from the following Stage 3 optional modules to bring your total credits to 120:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Government and European Union Studies careers

Studying politics encourages the development of both specific and transferable skills. You will not only learn how to demonstrate your knowledge of different political systems and how to interpret political issues and events, but critically you will also develop the ability to examine issues from a range of viewpoints, construct well-researched arguments and present information in a balanced and unbiased manner.

Our courses will enable you to acquire the essential skills of research, teamwork, and communication.

Voluntary and work experience can provide you with further opportunities to develop valuable skills to prepare you for employment. Whether related to a career in politics or more general, this experience shows that you have an interest in the community and can use your time effectively, make valuable contacts and use your initiative.

There are very few careers where a degree in politics is essential; however, there are many careers where a politics degree is useful, including journalism, not-for-profit sector, civil service, social or political research.

Many politics graduates choose careers unrelated to their degree, the most common types of work being in general administration and management, business and finance, marketing, sales and advertising.

Some politics graduates go on to study vocational courses for example in law, marketing or teaching or continue with postgraduate work in subjects such as politics, business and finance.

Find out more about the career options for graduates from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

On the UCAS website you can also find out more about:

Application decisions and enquiries

Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.