The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and Media with Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

This course gives students the opportunity to study and evaluate the major theoretical approaches to Politics and Media and apply these to case-studies and to explore them through independent study or professional practice links in year 3. Communication is essential to any political activity and this dates at least from the importance of oration in classical Greece; however with the rise of `spin’, the globalisation of the media and the emergence of new forms the contemporary connections between these two disciplines are more significant than ever.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4MZ001 Media, Culture and Society (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4MZ010 Media, Politics and Power (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4HU002 Popular Culture or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education (20 Credits)

Year 3

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies (20 Credits)

5MZ004 Media, Communication and Ethics (20 Credits)

5PO004 World Politics (20 Credits)

5MZ014 Analysing Media Texts (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5HU001 The Enlightenment or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5MZ021 Popular Media Forms or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5PO005 Europe United? European Politics, Societies, Cultures or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 4

6MZ012 Global Media/Global Culture (20 Credits)

6PO003 Political Theory (20 Credits)

6MZ005 Persuasion and Influence (20 Credits)

6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6MZ002 Independent Study - Written Project: Media, Communications, Cultural Studies, Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations or 6MZ006 Work Placement or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SL013 The Global World or 6MZ019 Media Activism or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East or 6MZ016 Media, Consumerism and the Body (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

The staff in the Politics and Media teams are active researchers whose research underpins the modules which they teach. Students will be kept up-to-date in the most recent developments in the disciplines.

The School of Social, Historical and Political studies, in which these subjects are based, has a strong tradition of student support and guidance, including the opportunity of `one-to-one’ study skills tuition and accessible academic counselling

What our students think

Career path

Students in these subject areas often go on to postgraduate study in cognate areas and common areas of employment are local government, business administration, media and media-production related positions.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you, will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate research methodologies within the fields of Politics and Media and Communication Studies
  2. Analyse Media and Communication texts and Politics texts within appropriate theoretical frameworks
  3. Appreciate the development of media, communication and cultural forms in a local, regional, national, international or global context
  4. Understand the debate concerning the relationship between media and politics in terms of democracy, citizenship
  5. Use their understanding of these disciplines to reflect upon their roles and responsibilities as citizens
  6. Demonstrate a high level of digital competence

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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