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.
This Foundation will prepare you for a wide variety of degrees including international relations and politics.
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:
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.
Understand key political concepts and study British politics, parliament, the structure of government and the main offices of state.
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.
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.
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?
Overview of Ideologies
Introduction to Approaches
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.