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 will study this programme at our Brighton campus. 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

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

  • Applied Global Marketing (London Campus)
  • Business and Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Business Administration
  • Financial Economics and Banking (London Campus)
  • Global Business Management (London Campus)
  • History and Politics
  • International Fashion Management and Marketing (London Campus)
  • International Hospitality and Tourism Management (London Campus)
  • International Relations
  • Management and Leadership
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Sociology And Criminology
  • Public Health and Community Studies
  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • Criminology & International Relations
  • Human Rights & Criminology
  • Human Rights & Social Justice
  • Human Rights & Sociology
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Sociology & International Relations
  • Criminology BSc
  • International Development with Economics BSc
  • Politics with International Relations BSc
  • Social Policy BSc
  • Social Science BSc
  • Sociology BSc
  • International Relations BA
  • International Relations with Economics BA
  • International Relations with Political Science BA
  • Policy, Politics and Economics BA
  • Political Economy BA
  • Political Science BA
  • Philosophy and Politics BSc 80% overall
  • Politics and International Relations BSc
  • Politics and International Relations with Study Abroad BSc
  • Politics and Sociology BSc 75% overall
  • Politics with Quantitative Research Methods BSc / MSci 80% overall
  • Politics with Quantitative Research Methods with Study Abroad BSc
  • Social Policy and Politics BSc 75% overall
  • Social Policy and Sociology BSc 70% overall
  • Social Policy BSc
  • Social Policy with Criminology BSc
  • Social Policy with Innovation MSci
  • Social Policy with Management BSc
  • Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods BSc / MSci
  • Social Policy with Study Abroad BSc
  • BA English Literature with Politics
  • BSc (Hons) International Politics
  • BSc (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Law with Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Law with International Relations
  • BSc (Hons) Politics / and Economics / Sociology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology
  • English Literature and History
  • History
  • History and Politics
  • International Relations
  • International Relations and Development
  • Politics
  • Politics and International Relations

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, November or 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 November and January starts)
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees per term: £7,213 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

The September 2020 and January 2021 starts for the International Relations and Politics Foundation have been suspended. Our next intake will be September 2021.

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

Features of Global Politics

Features of Global Politics

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

Political Ideologies and Theory

Political Ideologies and Theory

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?


  • 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 Theory and Development

Global Theory and 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

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Computer Information Technology

Computer Information Technology

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

*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.



GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a 2 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.


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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.

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