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What makes Sociology at Worcester special?

Our Sociology degree offers a critical perspective on contemporary society. We explore the way society is developing and the present day social crisis, including the problems of globalisation, inequality, crime and conflict.

The course content emphasises the international and political dimensions of contemporary society. Our modules also offer a specialist focus on themes of sexuality, intimacy, emotions and the body.

You'll learn how to analyse the influence of social structures, rules and ideas on individual lives. The course will also give you an understanding of the ways in which people respond to these circumstances.

Sociology enables you to better grasp the social world you live in and approach it with a sceptical mind. You'll gain knowledge and skills suitable for a range of careers, such as counselling, education, youth work, business and politics.



Key features

  • Our curriculum emphasises a range of distinctive fields, including gender, sexualities and the sociology of personal life, race and ethnicity, education, and crime.
  • Our staff have extensive professional experience in teaching, research and public engagement.
  • We are a small and lively course, and you will have extensive opportunities to meet your teachers and classmates, work in one-to-one tutorials, and receive personalised feedback on your learning.
  • Within our course, you will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language or study abroad, either for a semester or a whole academic year.
  • Through the lens of sociological theory, you will learn about the social causes and consequences of common human experiences and issues.
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 the UCAS Website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • Applying Sociology
  • Family Lives


  • Democracy? the story of an ideal
  • Welfare for All? the story of a dream
  • Visual Sociology
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Pathways in Sociology
  • Sociology Research Design and Methods


  • Constructions of Crime: media representations and policy debates
  • People at Work: Sociological Perspectives
  • Work Project Module
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Digital Society
  • People Environment and Social Change
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre


Year 3


  • Independent Study


  • Work Project Module
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Extension Module
  • Body and Society
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Constructing Emotions: social/political perspectives
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
Cathedral gardens with Teodora

Teodora Axente

I came to Worcester from Galati in Romania to study joint honours in Media & Culture and Sociology. This was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I could have ever taken; the course matched my interests entirely and has been truly inspiring, as I have expanded my knowledge of some really challenging topics. It was also extremely helpful that some of my lecturers happened to teach across both subjects.

Since graduating I continue to have a particular interest in the concept of ‘moral panics’ and have been given the opportunity to collaborate with the Institute of Health and Society and to deliver a session on moral panics and dementia, which is a great honour for me. At the moment I am also working within Communication and Participation Department as an Administrator and am helping on events such as Open Days and Corporate Events. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in such an active and productive climate, where I can effectively use skills learnt during my academic study.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of;

  • Lectures that give an introduction and overview of topics studied as part of the content of each module.
  • Seminars, often featuring small group work and/or round table discussion of published and/or audio-visual materials. These support, extend and develop your knowledge of the topics introduced by lecture.
  • Workshops focusing on preparation for a range of different types of assignment. These develop your understanding and competence for assignment work.
  • Tutorials are one-to-one work with module tutors, usually focusing on assignment preparation or assignment feedback.
  • Assessed and non-assessed, individual and/or group classroom presentations. These help you to the build the skills and confidence for presenting ideas and information in a supportive public environment.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to gain and reflect upon a work-placement in your second year as part of a Work Project Module, supervised by the module tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching as a full time student studying four modules in a semester. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Four one-hour lecturers or interactive large group sessions.
  • Four two-hour seminar/workshop periods.

The three hours of contact for each module may be scheduled as a block, or with the lecture and seminar at different times.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 28 hours of personal self-study per week in teaching weeks and forty hours in the assessment weeks (when you are working on assignments at the end of the module).

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Dr Luke Devine, Dr Simon Hardy, Dr Mehreen Mirza, Lesley Spiers and Mike Webb.

Teaching is informed by the lecturing staff's research and consultancy work. Most of the team also have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Formative Assessment methods include class presentations, completion of assignment plans or drafts, tutorials, workshop discussions and exercises.

Summative Assessment

Each module has one or more 'summative' assessments that are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

  • Year 1: Book Reviews; short essays; reflective autobiography; group presentation.
  • Year 2: Written portfolio; shorts essays; long essays; book reviews; oral presentations; research proposals; work place project reports.
  • Year 3: Independent Research Project; long essays; written portfolio; poster presentations; literature review; oral presentation.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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 document.


Dr Simon Hardy

Simon and has lectured at Worcester in Sociology and Media & Cultural Studies since 1995, with specialisms in the history of sexuality, the sociology of pornography and contemporary media coverage of warfare.


Luke Devine

Dr Luke Devine (Lecturer in Politics)

Luke’s teaching specialisms include contemporary politics, political philosophy, ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, and anti-Semitism. Luke’s research specialisms are in mystical Jewish literature, fin-de-siècle Anglo-Jewish literature, gender in Judaism and Jewish theology, and Shoah and post-Shoah theologies. Luke’s most recent publications include “‘I Sleep, but my Heart Waketh’: Contiguity between Heinrich Heine’s “Imago” of the Shulamite and Amy Levy’s ‘Borderland’” (2017), and “Shekhinah as ‘Shield’ to Israel: Refiguring the Role of Divine Presence in Jewish Tradition and the Shoah (2016).


Lesley Spiers

Lesley Spiers' teaching and research interests are wide-ranging. Previous research has included examining femininity and discourses of dieting, beauty therapists and their relationships with clients as well as offering critiques on popular culture including the TV programme Little Britain. She has also worked on learning and teaching research projects with her colleagues across the Institute, focusing specifically on the way that academic subjects embed employability into their curricula.


Mike Webb

Mike teaches across Politics and Sociology undergraduate courses with particular emphases on crime, political campaigning, the world of work, and social welfare.

His teaching also draws on his varied background as a former economics researcher, national organiser of a youth movement, special school teacher, and lecturer in media.


Where could it take you?

Our Sociology degree is a route into many careers. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have pursued a range of careers, including:

  • Housing
  • The probation service
  • Youth work
  • Caring professions
  • Social services
  • The police
  • Business and personnel management
  • Public relations
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, the course provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them. You'll gain employability skills such as:

  • Managing and communicating with people
  • Thinking out solutions to problems
  • Understanding the diverse society in which we live

Volunteering/Work Experience

During your time at Worcester, you'll have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activity. In Year 2, you can choose to register for a Sociology work experience module and to take up volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations. (These are regularly publicised to students).

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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 2019/20 will be £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 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 2019/20 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.

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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Sociology BA (Hons) - L300

Joint Honours:
See our Sociology degrees page for Joint Honours options.

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.

Lesley Spiers

Admissions tutor