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Contemporary British Policy - Non-credit bearing


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This is a non-credit bearing course but can also be taken as a credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

This Contemporary British Policy short course introduces you to the study of public policy and its application to UK politics. To understand how we can change British politics for the better, we need more than bright ideas. We also need to know how to shape, formulate, legitimate and implement policies.

You will learn about the different stages of public policy and the role of interests, ideas and institutions in the policy process. Theories and concepts of public policy will be applied to a host of real-world case studies.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Introduction to public policy
  • Economic policy and immigration policy
  • The regulatory state
  • Pressure groups
  • The welfare state
  • The environmental state
  • Foreign policy
  • Policy responses to COVID-19
  • Charter 88

The course is highly relevant for those who wish to work in government, NGOs, public affairs and related fields.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    The Contemporary British Policy short course is taught at intermediate level - equivalent to Year 2/Year 3 of an undergraduate degree. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have some previous knowledge of the subject, for example, by having successfully completed an introductory class at Level 4 (such as the first year of an undergraduate degree or one of our Certificate of Higher Education modules) or by having professional experience in this area.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.