Undergraduate

ll21 - Politics and Economics BA

Politics and Economics BA Honours

UCAS Code: LL21 (3 Years)

Course Overview

This flexible degree is delivered jointly by Politics and Newcastle University Business School.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
LL21

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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

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Opportunities
Study Abroad

Our Politics and Economics degree offers the exciting intellectual challenge of exploring two contrasting disciplines of central importance to the contemporary world.

In politics you study:

  • international politics
  • political thought
  • political systems from around the world

In economics you study mathematically focused modules in topics such as:

  • economic analysis
  • political economy
  • analysing economic data

The skills and knowledge you develop will equip you for a range of careers, and you will have the opportunity to specialise further in both disciplines as the degree progresses.

The option to spend a semester studying abroad at Stage 3 adds an international dimension to your degree. 

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Course Details

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.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose two modules from the list below:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose three modules from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available from within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology or the wider University.

Stage 3

Optional modules

You choose 60 credits of optional Economics modules from the list below:

You choose 60 credits of optional modules from the following list, to bring your total up to 120 credits:

You may take one POL 20 credit module from Stage 2 in place of a 20 credit module from above, if not already taken and the total number of level 5 credits studied at Stage 3 do not exceed 30. Other optional modules may also be available from other subject areas offered by the University.

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.

Careers

Politics and Economics 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.

Many of our politics graduates have entered positions such as financial analysts, stock market account executives and management consultants. As well as some of our graduates entering careers in politics, other career areas have included HR, education, sales and marketing

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 Politics and Economics 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.

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