International Relations and Politics Foundation

International Relations and Politics Foundation*

*available from January 2018

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?

Our students have gone to university to study subjects including psychology, media, international relations, politics, geography, English literature and other related fields at university.

Destination universities

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

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, or IELTS 5.0 for a January start.
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees per term: Brighton: £7,120

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Computer Information Technology

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

GCSEs

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GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A levels or a Foundation pathway. Our GCSE Pathway programme offers 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

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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.