Learning and Teaching
Year 1 – 16.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 208 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 832 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement
Year 2 – 14.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 185 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 880 hours of independent teaching; 188 hours on placement
Year 3 – 13.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 159 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,041 hours of independent teaching
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
The Leeds Trinity University Politics and International Relations programme combines insights from political analysis (theoretical and institutional) with media and their integration in the context of both professional practice and research. Each of these aspects feeds into and helps develop the others, creating a programme that is theoretical and applied, academic and professional.
Politics and International Relations students use a variety of research methods, tools and techniques to analyse the diverse range of political phenomena and to gather different kinds of data from a range of sources. You will interpret those data in the light of political theories and relate your findings to ongoing developments in and challenges to national and international policy. The knowledge this generates is used to develop understanding of contemporary political problems and help shape responses to them.
The programme's provision of political analysis explores political institutions (both in Britain and in wider global contexts); political theories; political communication, and the evolving complexities that challenge and pressure each of these areas.
The research provision develops the capacity for critical thinking at different levels: rhetorical analysis of political communication; theoretical analysis of political programmes, and analysis of statistical evidence (the use and abuse of numbers).
The professional learning provision provides opportunities, at each level, for sustained engagement with relevant political practitioners. Through this provision students have the opportunity to explore the range of employment opportunities available for careers in politics within the programme; to experience mentorship, and to establish a network of contacts. In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.
Breakdown of course assessment:
Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% practical exams
Year 2 - 80% coursework; 11.7% written exams; 8.3% practical exams
Year 3 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.
You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.
On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.
Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language and Maths.
We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.
We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.
If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email email@example.com.
UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017. Find out more
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.
Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.
You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.