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What makes Education Studies and Sociology at Worcester special?

This joint honours degree combines two highly desirable areas of study. Throughout the course you will engage with urgent and key issues facing contemporary societies, with a particular focus on matters of social division, social inequality and identity.

You'll be encouraged to pursue original thought and ideas, with the seminar room providing opportunities for sustained discussion and debate.

You'll have fantastic opportunities to explore education across a wide range of contexts, from primary schools to forest schools, from the UK to Africa, and chances to take up work experience, study abroad at a partner university and to participate in volunteering activities.



Key features

  • Excellent support from your tutors to help you develop your subject knowledge and study skills
  • Very strong links with teacher training courses and providers of employment in other sectors of education
  • Opportunities to gain credit for work experience and / or mentoring in educational settings
  • Opportunities to acquire research, communication and other skills that are highly valued by employers and to develop your capacity for analysis and critical thinking
  • 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.

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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


  • Foundations of Education 
  • Applying Sociology 


  • Education in Context 
  • Equality and Diversity: the Educational Experience
  • Children and Young People's Wellbeing and Digital and Social Media
  • Inner City Education 
  • 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
  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Language Awareness) 
  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Teaching Skills)

Year 2


  • Educational Enquiry 
  • Pathways in Sociology


  • The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • From Exclusion to Inclusion 
  • Radical Educations 
  • Religion and Education 
  • Work Experience in an Educational Setting 
  • The Global Dimension in Education 
  • From Exclusion to Inclusion 
  • Post Compulsory Education 
  • Sociology Research Design & Methods
  • Approaching Sociological Research 
  • Constructions of Crime: Media Representations and Policy Debates 
  • People at Work: Sociological Perspectives
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates 
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
  • Consuming Lives 
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Access to CELTA)

Year 3


  • Independent Study


  • Values in Education 
  • Citizenship in Education 
  • Managing Educational Change
  • Perspectives on Special Educational Needs 
  • Post-Compulsory Education
  • Equality and Diversity in the Lifelong Learning Sector 
  • Mentoring and Coaching within Education 
  • Race, Ethnicity and Education 
  • Education and the Sociological Imagination 
  • Theatre and Education 
  • Critical Perspectives on IT in Education 
  • Relationships in Education
  • Policy Making: the Search for Solutions in Education 
  • Disaffection in Education 
  • Organising Teaching and Learning 
  • Work Experience in an Educational Setting
  • Independent Study 
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process 
  • Pornography and Modern Culture 
  • History of Sexuality 
  • Body & Society 
  • Sociology of the Individual 
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education 
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Risk Society 
  • Constructing Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives
  • Critical Perspectives on IT in Education

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 Education Studies 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 Education Studies BA (Hons) and Sociology BA (Hons).

"The breadth of modules and courses available within Education Studies was amazing. I did drama as well as coaching and mentoring within my discipline, and these have given me a broad range of skills."

Persis Thomas, Education Studies BA graduate


Where could it take you?


The Education Studies degree is an excellent route for progression to PGCE courses at Worcester and other providers. If you achieve a 2:1 or above you will be guaranteed an interview for teacher training (Primary) at Worcester provided you meet the various national pre-requisites for the course.

As well as going on to become successful teachers other students move into areas such as learning support, child mentoring and welfare, and become training officers in the private sector.

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.

Apply through UCAS

Education Studies and Sociology BA (Hons) - XL33

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.

Ellie Hill

Course contact

Lesley Spiers

Course contact