Applications for Politics courses in the UK on the rise

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Since the Brexit debate on the run-up to the 2016 referendum, there has been a 28% surge in UK university applications to politics courses.

UCAS, who oversees university admissions revealed that the politics course applications has risen from 34, 275 in 2013 to 47,445 in 2018.

The trend is followed by further education intuitions throughout the country. UCAS found that the number of students accepted on to politics courses in the 5-year period to 2018 has increased by 27%.

Politics has become more divisive, and as a result, people have become more engaged with it.

Jamie Hampton, the President of Newcastle University Politics Society considers the increase as a positive implication for involvement with young people in political situations. He said: “Politics has become more divisive, and as a result, people have become more engaged with it. It is so apparent how divided the country is, especially when it’s circulated around such a divisive and revolutionary political movement.

I think people find it fascinating and want to involve themselves more. In particular, following on from the Referendum younger people saw for once real change in the country as a result of voting, rather than the same consensus style politics we had prior to 2015 under Cameron, Clegg and Miliband.”

Newcastle University offers politics in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study. Their subjects ranch into political philosophy, global politics, international relations and political institutions.

Their teaching approach is flexible with support from personal tutors and peer mentors throughout the degree. Students are given the opportunity to study abroad and undertake a work placement in Europe from about three to nine months.

Politics BA Honours in Newcastle University is ranked as the top 20 in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. It has a 90% overall satisfaction score from the National Student Survey 2019. According to the university’s official website, the Politics course has received a ‘Gold’ Award from The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) for its “consistent outstanding teaching.”

Last modified: 6th November 2019

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