Philosophy and Politics BA (Hons)*

Philosophy and History student
Now recruiting for September 2021 start

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Our Philosophy courses are ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2021

Combining philosophy and politics means engaging with humanity’s most pressing and enduring questions about society, power and existence: who are we and how can we best live together? You will gain key skills and understanding in addressing those questions, developing as a sophisticated, creative and valuable thinker as you do so.

This course involves students as active participants in the disciplines of Philosophy and Politics, not just passive recipients of others’ knowledge and ideas. Supported by subject specialists, you will become an independent practitioner, researcher and critical thinker.

As your knowledge and understanding develop, you will gain skills in investigative, analytical research and communication, highly desirable in the employment market. The close examination of key ideas, values and social structures will help you to build essential skills for work within and beyond university.

Our rich curriculum allows you to shape your studies in ways which match your interests. Unique placement, field trip and study abroad opportunities complement learning on the course. Previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, India and Spain, as well as various UK locations. A variety of guest speakers, and local and international partnerships will also enrich your learning.

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Study style

Course delivery is by lecture, seminar, and tutorial, complemented by field trips, research projects and digital technologies. Small group discussions allow tutors to connect with students, providing excellent support for learning and strong group identity. Module options will allow you to pursue your interests and shape your own studies.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

96 tariff points

Typical offers

CCC at A levels or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeV501
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementV502


  • Charity / third Sector
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Marketing and Business

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

Our partnerships with local groups and organisations will give you the chance to examine their learning in professional and lived contexts. Field trips, projects and placement opportunities provide hands-on engagement with environmental, business and socio-political groups, giving you the opportunity to gain professional level, real-world skills and experiences.

Philosophy and History students

Gain insight to make a difference

Gain deep insight on key ideas about what it means to be human and how best we can live together. Consider issues of value, equality, identity and power, applying your learning in ways which will make a difference to you and your communities.


Unique off-campus opportunities

Enjoy field trip and placement opportunities to take your learning beyond the lecture theatre and library. Challenge yourself to develop professional skills in the evaluation and communication of important ideas and socio-political structures.

Philosophy and History student

Develop skills, initiative and confidence

Become an independent researcher and thinker in a supportive environment. Develop your intellectual initiative as well as confidence in your ability to make a positive contributions on issues which really matter in the twenty-first century.

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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