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What makes English Language and Sociology at Worcester special?

Studying English Language and Sociology in combination provides an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how and why we behave as we do and how we use language to connect us as a society. You’ll examine the world from different angles, discuss new ideas, and familiarise yourself with quantitative and qualitative methods of analysing linguistic data and decisions.

The joint honours course uses lectures, seminars, and workshops led by a team of research-focused staff to create a supportive and collaborative learning environment. Students graduate with a range of transferrable skills applicable to a wide variety of job roles.



Key features

  • Integrated Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), enhancing your professional portfolio
  • A close student/staff community with regular course activities, socials, quizzes, and trips, including to Parliament in London
  • Emphasis on transferable skills, digital citizenship, graduate employability, and work-based learning opportunities
  • Hands-on approach to the study of the social impact of language using real data
  • Teaching (English as a Foreign Language) practice in small group seminars
  • Lively discussions and dynamic learning opportunities.  Lectures are designed to be refreshing and stimulating to encourage creative thought
  • Develop an understanding of the the relevance of social hierarchies, social institutions and social power in everyday life
  • Learn from a constantly evolving curriculum which adapts to suit the society it is trying to study 
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Joint 10th for Graduate Prospects in the UK

Our English courses are joint 10th for Graduate Prospects in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2024.)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

Course content

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


  • Intro to TEFL: Language Awareness
  • General Linguistics
  • Intro to TEFL: Teaching Skills
  • Sociology: Approaching the Crisis
  • Sociology in Practice
  • Visual Sociology

Year 2


  • Sociology: from Origins to Present
  • Sociolinguistic Theory and Practice
  • TEFL: Access to CELTA


  • Practical Research in Sociology
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Work Project
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Digital Sociology
  • Development and Change in the Global South
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Language and Power

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project (taken over two semesters) /Dissertation
  • World Englishes
  • The History of English
  • Style and Identity
  • Advanced Language Analysis
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Education and the Sociological Imagination
  • Constructing Emotions
  • Global Power: Sociological Perspectives
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology Extension Module
  • Sociology of the Body
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Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

Find out more about studying a joint honours course
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the individual subject course pages for English Language (joint honours) and Sociology BA (Hons).

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 English Language programme specification and Sociology programme specification documents.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou is the Course Leader for English Language. He has been working at the University of Worcester since 2011, and previously taught at the University of Essex and University of Sussex. Lefteris has also been supervising a number of dissertations on sociolinguistic variation in Worcester as well as topics on language and identity. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Worcester dialect archive which is located within the Institute.The initial findings of the description of the local dialect of Worcestershire (but also Herefordshire) have now started becoming publicly available in conference papers and publications.

Dr Jenny Lewin-Jones

Dr Jenny Lewin-Jones

Jenny teaches in Sociology, with particular interests in environmental and digital sociology, education, and emotions. Her research focuses on the role of language in social change. 

Jenny runs our Sociology Course Twitter account @sociologyworc.

Dr Simon Hardy

Dr Simon Hardy

Simon 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.

Dr Luke Devine

Luke is currently Course Leader for Sociology

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Christina Wright

Christina has extensive and varied experience in English language teaching and management, having worked in the ELT sectors in Spain, Japan and the UK prior to joining the University in 2002, where she now specialises in academic writing and EAP in the Centre for Academic English and Skills. She holds the Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in TESOL (1997), and her research interest for her MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL (2003) was ‘The perception of lexical items across different speech communities’. She was also a member of the English Language Studies team in the School of Humanities 2009-2021, lecturing in areas such as the history of English and multilingualism.

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Joanna King

Jo has worked in Higher Education for the past 25 years and has taught EFL, EAP, TEFL and Italian at the University of Worcester since 2008. She gained her MA in Applied Linguistics (TEFL) in 2003, specialising in first- and second-language acquisition and has a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Modern Foreign Languages and TEFL. She was approved as Assistant CELTA Tutor by Cambridge English in February 2015. Prior to working in EFL she taught French and Italian in Further and Adult Education, in addition to running the Italian teaching programme at Aylesbury High School, and also worked as a specialist language tutor and freelance translator/interpreter for a number of commercial organisations.



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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential

Graduates from this course are prized in careers the require good communication skills and an understanding the diverse society in which we live. These include publishing, journalism, social services, media, public relations and business and personnel management.

This course is designed to develop your transferable skills and you can choose to register for a work experience module, take up volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations or complete a semester abroad in order to widen your experience.

The CELTA Award built into the course structure provides graduates with the qualifications and skills to teach English as a Foreign Language in the UK and abroad.


Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 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 enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 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 an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How to apply

Applying through UCAS

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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 Lefteris Kailoglou

Admissions Tutor, English Language

Dr Jenny Lewin-Jones

Admissions Tutor, Sociology