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What makes Politics at Worcester special?

Passionate about politics? Politics has never been so exciting! Our Politics Joint Honours course examines modern political issues, such as Brexit, EU membership, migration, anti-establishment politics, identity politics, globalisation, Westminster politics and environmentalism.

Our programme will also explore core political concepts, such as democracy, feminism, socialism, fascism, Queer theory, conservatism, postmodernist perspectives and liberalism. You will learn how to critically evaluate political theory and discuss key questions about race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion and class.

Whether you are a Corbynista, a Conservative, a Liberal, a Remainer, a Brexiteer or of a different political persuasion, the Politics team welcomes applications from those passionate about political challenges across the globe.

Key features

  • Specialist careers advice and work-based learning that will increase your employability in a competitive jobs market.
  • Pursue a career in academia, politics, teaching, journalism, media, the civil service, local government or the charity sector.  
  • A multi-disciplinary and flexible degree that is tailored around your specific interests and will provide you with adaptable employability skills.  
  • Fantastic research facilities at the University of Worcester’s award winning Hive library, which offers a diverse range of online resources and easily accessible archives. 
  • A wide range of optional modules allows you to tailor your degree to your own specific interests.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Democracy: Past, Present and Future (30 credits)


  • Unequal World (15 credits)
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789 (30 credits)
  • Nineteenth Century Britain: Politics and Society (15 credits)
  • Welfare for All? the story of a dream (15 credits)
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing (15 credits)
  • French Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • German Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • Spanish Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • Modules from the other half (minor) of your Joint Honours degree

Year 2


  • Pathways in Politics (30 credits)


  • Politics Work Project (15 credits) 
  • Geographies of Development (15 credits)
  • Twentieth-Century USA (30 credits) 
  • Twentieth-Century Britain (30 credits)
  • British Women’s History, 1900-2000 (15 credits)
  • Modern Japan, 1854-1951 (15 credits)
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690-1848 (15 credits)
  • Reporting Politics I (15 credits)
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates (15 credits)
  • 'Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain (15 credits)        

Year 3


  • Challenging Politics: people versus power across the globe (15 credits)        


  • Independent study (30 credits) 
  • Politics Independent Project (15 credits)
  • Political Geography (15 credits)
  • Nationalism (15 credits)
  • Nazi Germany, 1933-45 (15 credits)
  • British Imperialism c. 1784-1972 (30 credits)
  • Reporting Politics II (15 credits)
  • War, Democracy and the Media (15 credits)
  • Green Media (15 credits)
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process (15 credits)
  • 'Race,’ Ethnicity and Education (15 credits)
  • Constructing Emotions: social / political perspectives (15 credits)
  • Capitalism and Globalisation (15 credits)        

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching Approach

Our Politics course structure allows you to follow your political passions and future career aspirations. Our broad selection of optional modules will enable you to focus your research and studies in your own areas of interest.

Politics modules utilise a range of innovative teaching methods including: traditional lectures, seminars, and directed learning, student-led learning and teaching, web-based e-learning, learning contracts, reflective journals, written and visual source analyses, quizzes, class readings, mini-essays, group projects/tasks, poster design.

Our fantastic Module Resource Lists will support your teaching and learning. You will have direct access to e-books, online journals, websites, newspapers, data, as well as media recommended by the tutors. Throughout your degree, our Politics Academic Liaison Librarian and tutors will offer friendly guidance and support specific to each student.


The purpose of our assignments is to enable you to become an independent learner and develop your writing, presentation and research skills. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own reading and to reflect critically on how you learn. The Politics team is always keen to hear your own ideas about formative and summative assessments.

Formative and summative assessments in politics include:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Reviews
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual/group projects
  • Portfolios
  • Power Point and/or poster presentations
  • Book/literature reviews
  • Examinations


Where could it take you?


In the second year of your Politics course, you will engage in subject-related work experience through the Politics Work Project (POLP 2105) module. You will spend time each week working within an organisation such as the local council, a political party (or MP) or a campaign group. Following your placement, you will then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

In addition, volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations are regularly publicised to students. You will also receive regular careers advice from our Careers & Employability Service throughout your degree.

Graduates of University of Worcester have gone on to work in many different sectors including

  • Political parties
  • Teaching
  • The police
  • The probation service
  • Housing
  • The civil service
  • Local government and planning
  • Pressure groups
  • Think-tanks
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • The media
  • Journalism
  • Social work.

Your BA (Hons) Politics degree will enable you to show employers your adaptability and multi-disciplinary subject knowledge of domestic and international politics. You will also develop transferable skills in written and verbal communication, research and data analysis, through interpreting a range of sources and perspectives. BA (Hons) Politics will also prepare you for further postgraduate study.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Politics BA (Hons) must be studied in combination with another course. The Joint combinations available are: 

History and Politics BA - VL12
Human Geography and Politics BA - 7L1L
Journalism and Politics BA - PL52
Media & Culture and Politics BA - PL32
Politics and Sociology BA - LL23


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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

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