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What makes Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education and Sociology at Worcester special?

This joint honours degree will give you a unique perspective on two complementary disciplines.

The Sociology aspect of the degree will enable you to develop a critical perspective on contemporary society. You will explore the way society is developing and the present day social crisis, including the problems of globalisation, inequality, crime and conflict.

The Religion, Philosophy & Values elements of the course will give you opportunities to explore what others think and believe, as well as consider your own perspectives. You will examine these issues, and also look at how education in different contexts helps children to form their views on the world.



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.
  • Visits within the region and beyond, as well as opportunities to meet with representatives from local faith communities and education professionals
  • A unique undergraduate course which responds specifically to contemporary themes in education, religion and research  
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours course
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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.

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

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


  • Applying Sociology
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion and Education
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • Encountering Christianity


  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • Family Lives
  • Democracy? the story of an ideal
  • Welfare for All? the story of a dream
  • Visual Sociology
  • Gender and Representation

Year 2


  • Pathways in Sociology
  • Further Studies in Religion and Education
  • Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems


  • Sociology Research Design & Methods
  • Approaching Sociological Research
  • Constructions of Crime: media representations and policy debates
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Digital Society
  • Encountering Islam

Year 3


  • Fieldwork in Study of Religion and Education


  • Independent Study
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Body & Society
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Constructing Emotions: social/political perspectives
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
  • Philosophy of the Arts: Aesthetics, Religion and Education
  • Encountering South Asian Religions
  • Independent Study [N.B. Joint honours students may undertake JOIN3001/2 combining their two subjects]

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 Sociology and Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education.

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 Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education BA (Hons) and Sociology BA (Hons).


Where could it take you?


The course 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.

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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?

Apply through UCAS

Sociology and Religion, Philosophy and Values in Education BA (Hons) - V501

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

Course contact

Rebecca Davidge

Course contact