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What makes Politics and Sociology at Worcester special?

Politics addresses the fact that increasing numbers of people are turning away from party politics and finding other ways of 'speaking out' (through pressure groups, for example, or development of online communities, through mass protest and other forms of 'resistance' or civil disobedience, or through new approaches to campaigning). It is structured to provide a 'people centred' view of politics past and present, examining people's struggles to change worlds and to try to get things done and how they develop their systems of government, or interact with them, to solve problems and address injustice. At the centre of all these investigations are students' developing understandings of the workings of power in all its forms.

Sociology at Worcester focuses on issues at the heart of any understanding of the modern world - from social welfare to the criminal justice system, from home, work and careers to gender and 'race', from the environment to health and illness. Sociology teaching takes place through a combination of thought-provoking lectures, interesting seminar discussions, helpful tutorials and student-directed learning. As you progress through your studies you are increasingly able to focus on areas of particular interest to you and you are encouraged to pursue original thought and ideas. Throughout, you will be addressing urgent and key issues facing people in contemporary societies.



Key features

  • Understand the issues that confront us all, get involved, make your voice heard and make a difference
  • Put aside your preconceptions about politics.
  • Opportunities to take up work experience, study abroad at a partner university and to participate in volunteering activities
  • Course engagement with urgent and key issues facing contemporary societies
  • Encouragement to pursue original thought and ideas
  • Opportunities to acquire research, communication and other valuable skills
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1


  • Democracy: Past, Present and Future
  • Applying Sociology


  • Unequal World
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe since 1789
  • Twentieth Century Britain
  • Welfare for All? The First 50 Years
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • Introductory German, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese
  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • On TV and Online: The Small Screen and the Active Audience
  • Family Lives
  • Origins of Sociological Thought
  • Democracy? The Story of an Ideal
  • Welfare For All? The Story of a Dream

Year 2


  • Pathways in Politics
  • Pathways in Sociology


  • Politics Work Project
  • Geographies of Development
  • Twentieth-Century USA
  • The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
  • Politics, Religion & Society in Ireland, 1690-1848
  • Politics and Society in 20th Century Russia
  • Reporting Politics 1
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Sociology Research Design & Methods
  • Approaching Sociological Research
  • Constructions of Crime: Media Representations and Policy Debates
  • People at Work: Sociological Perspectives
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
  • Consuming Lives

Year 3


  • Politics Independent Project
  • Challenging Politics: People versus Power across the Globe


  • Political Geography
  • Empire and Appeasement
  • Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
  • Reporting Politics 2
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Risk Society
  • Construction Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives
  • Independent Study
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Body & Society
  • Sociology of the Individual
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination

Joint Honours

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Politics and Sociology.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Politics BA (Hons) and Sociology BA (Hons).


Where could it take you?

Politics will enable you to demonstrate an interest in the fast-changing world and will provide you with the ability to generate ideas, to show initiative and to communicate with people from all walks of life. Our students have a good record of gaining employment, and Politics graduates work in many different sectors including teaching, the police, the probation service, housing, the civil service, local government and planning, as well as pressure groups, voluntary organisations, charities, the media, journalism and social work.

During your time at Worcester you will have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activities. In Year 2 you can choose to take a Politics work experience module. Spend time each week working with an organisation such as a local council, or a political party (or MP), or a campaign group, and then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

A degree in Sociology is a gateway to many careers, especially jobs that involve managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, and understanding the diverse society in which we live.

Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have taken up a variety of careers, including careers in housing, the probation service, youth work, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, Sociology provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them.

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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 the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 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 the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

Applying through UCAS

Politics and Sociology BA (Hons) - LL23

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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



Get in touch

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

Dr Luke Devine

Course Leader, Politics

Lesley Spiers

Admissions Tutor, Sociology