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What makes Media & Culture and Sociology at Worcester special?

Media & Culture involves more traditional academic study that examines how the media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics - and, as a result, identity and human experience. Throughout, you will be addressing some of the hottest topics of our times, from Green Media to Democracy and the Media, from War to Gender.

There will be opportunities to explore all forms of media and culture (TV, radio, pop music, sport, social networks) and a multitude of fascinating questions (Why do people the world over listen to rap and hip hop? How does the news report immigration? Why do people reinvent themselves on Facebook and in Second Life?). You will hone your critical and intellectual faculties in a variety of dynamic and engrossing teaching and learning contexts - contexts in which the media that you use may well be those that you are also studying. Media & Culture also provides you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering; these are designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.

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.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Innovative, contemporary and important topics
  • Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course with the opportunity to take up a work project and volunteering activities
  • Opportunity to study at a partner university abroad
  • Course engagement with urgent and key issues facing contemporary societies, with a particular focus on matters of social division, social inequality and identity
  • Encouragement to pursue original thought and ideas
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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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 admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Studying Media and Culture
  • Applying Sociology

Options

  • Gender and Representation
  • Introduction to Television
  • Introduction to New Media
  • Popular Music and Cultural Change
  • Media and Culture: Key Concepts
  • TV History
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • Democracy? The Story of an Ideal
  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • On TV and Online: The Small Screen and the Active Audience
  • Family Lives
  • Origins of Sociological Thought
  • Welfare For All? The Story of a Dream

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Pathways in Sociology

Options

  • Crime and the Media
  • Making Monsters
  • Gender and Popular Fiction
  • Work Project Module
  • New Media
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Media and Social Change
  • Popular Cultures
  • 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

Year 3

Options

  • Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • TV Times
  • Work Project Module
  • War, Democracy and the Media
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
  • Green Media
  • Radio Times
  • Independent Research Project
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • Body & Society
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • History of Sexuality
  • Sociology of the Individual
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Risk Society
  • Constructing Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives
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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 Media & Culture 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 Media & Culture BA (Hons) and Sociology BA (Hons).

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates of Media & Culture courses work in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration. Furthermore, in a 'media society', where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of media and cultural studies courses now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training. With employment sectors including marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector, it is perhaps unsurprising that Media Studies is now identified as one of the top ten degree subjects for producing employable graduates.

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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Costs

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 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 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

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 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

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.

Accommodation

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

Media & Culture and Sociology BA (Hons) - LP33

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.

UCAS Code

LP33

Get in touch

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

Dr Barbara Mitra

Admissions Tutor, Media & Culture

Lesley Spiers

Admissions tutor, Sociology