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Politics and Sociology BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • This course will enable you to not only be able to understand the issues that confront us all, but also to get involved, make your voice heard and make a difference
  • Put aside your preconceptions about politics.
  • If you are interested in people and the issues that they care about, this is the course for you
  • 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, with a particular focus on matters of social division, social inequality and identity
  • Encouragement to pursue original thought and ideas, with the seminar room providing opportunities for sustained discussion and debate
  • Opportunities to acquire research, communication and other skills that are highly valued by employers and to develop your capacity for analysis and critical thinking

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Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Luke Devine
Course Leader, Politics
01905 542763

Lesley Spiers
Admissions Tutor, Sociology
01905 855312        

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Democracy: Past, Present and Future
Applying Sociology 


Module options:

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

Core modules:

Pathways in Politics
Pathways in Sociology


Module options:

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

Core modules:

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


Module options:

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



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.

How to apply

Apply 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.

How to apply

Part-time applications

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

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