International Relations and Politics Foundation

Studying International Relations and Politics at Bellerbys College

We live in world dominated by fast-moving international relations and increasingly diverse and demanding politics. Choose to study International Relations and Politics and you will learn about modern British Politics, political institutions and concepts, key features of global political systems, ideologies and theories. Our International Relations and Politics Foundation students learn the skills to understand a world dominated by politics and globalisation.

You can study at our Brighton College. Brighton is a forward-thinking modern city by the sea. It offers students a safe, vibrant and dynamic place to explore their ideas and study. Students study for 18-25 hours per week in class. All students on the Foundation programme study four core modules which develop academic and English language skills, in addition to the six subject-specific modules of their chosen pathway, modules tailored for International Relations and Politics students. 

Where will this Foundation take me?

This Foundation will prepare you for a wide variety of degrees including international relations and politics.

Destination universities

You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression to study at the following universities:

  • Durham University.

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, October, January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for January start)
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees per term: £7,213
Full programme price 3 terms:
£21,639
Full programme price 3.5 terms:
£25,246

Prepare for Foundation in October (3.5 term)

Start in October and you will have an extra one half of a term to prepare for the Foundation programme in January. You will receive extra English classes, extra university guidance and have more time to develop study skills.

Course modules

The British Political System

The British Political System

Understand key political concepts and study British politics, parliament, the structure of government and the main offices of state.

  • British Political Concepts
  • The British Constitution
  • The British Electoral System
  • Parliament
  • The Executive

Global Political Systems

Global Political Systems

Gain a key understanding the systems, processes and issues surrounding world politics including that of intergovernmentalism, war, human rights and the idea of global governance.

  • World Power
  • Supranational and Intergovernmental Organisations
  • War and Conflict
  • Human Rights
  • Global Governance

Modern British Politics

Modern British Politics

Study the major and the minor political parties as well as the role and significance of pressure groups and learn about the role of civil liberties and what motivates us to vote for a particular party.

  • Political Parties
  • The Conservative Party
  • The Labour Party
  • The Liberal Democrat Party
  • Minor Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Civil Liberties in Britain

Global Theories and Ideologies

Global Theories and Ideologies

Gain a key understanding of the theories which underpin modern politics and which guide our everyday views, such as conservatism, liberalism, Realism and Marxism. Who developed these ideas and how applicable are they today?

 

Introduction

  • Westphalia
  • Sovereignty

Overview of Ideologies

  • Nationalism
  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism
  • Marxism to Socialism

Introduction to Approaches

  • Realist, Liberal and Marxist approaches

Historical Context

  • The Cold War and beyond

International Politics

International Politics

Study major global political issues, including global political power and the impact of globalisation, conflict and global terrorism, and produce one major extended coursework essay.

  • The Nature of the Cold War
  • The Ending of the Cold War
  • Global Political Power
  • Globalisation
  • Global Concepts
  • The impact of “9/11”
  • Humanitarian Intervention

Global Development

Global Development

Study the theories behind how international relations operate. Understand the reasons and theories behind the presence of issues like poverty, conflict and other global challenges.

  • Marxist Approach & Alternative Approaches
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Poverty and Development
  • Global Challenges
  • Global Economic Institutions and Trade
Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

GCSEs

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GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.

Foundation

Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.