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What makes Sociology at Worcester special?

Sociology is a fascinating subject that makes you think and allows you to help others think.  At Worcester we encourage you to see the world from different angles, discuss new ideas, and think beyond the obvious.

You'll join a vibrant course community, with plenty of opportunity to make friends, and staff with a personal interest in you.

There are also plenty of real-life research opportunities, such as interviewing and observing, and when using theory we make it relatable, showing how it can help with real problems.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Assessment via varied and interesting coursework, with no exams
  • Lively discussions not just sitting in lectures. When we do have lectures, we make them refreshing and stimulating
  • Tackle the latest ideas. For example we have new modules on emotions, the environment, digital society, rural sociology and visual imagery
  • Single honours Sociology is flexible: if you later change your mind, you can add another subject from year two
  • Our superb library The Hive, which serves the University and the local community
  • Our unique Twitter account www.twitter.com/sociologyworc 

"Best decision of my life so far was choosing to study Sociology at the University of Worcester. Thank you to the whole department for being so inspiring and caring and preparing me for the next challenge."

Jessica White - Sociology graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
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 the UCAS Website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

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Course content

What will you study?

The Worcester Sociology course is designed for maximum interest and relevance, and current and previous students have helped to shape it.

Because the world changes so rapidly, we do sometimes revise our list of modules as you go through the course. However, there will always be plenty of choice of assignments within some of the modules to allow you to pursue topics you are interested in, even sometimes ones not indicated by the module titles.  

The modules listed here are those currently available. Up-to-date information will be available to you once you are registered on the course. If ever we cannot run an option module (which is rare), we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

You can if you wish study for a semester (or longer) as an exchange student in another country, in which case the modules at your host university will be available to you.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • Applying Sociology
  • Family Lives
  • Visual Sociology

Optional

  • Democracy in everyday life 
  • Welfare for All? the story of a dream
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Pathways in Sociology
  • Sociology Research Design and Methods

Optional

  • Constructions of Crime: media representations and policy debates
  • Work Project Module
  • Housing, Homelessness and Conflict in the Country and the City
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Digital Society
  • People Environment and Social Change
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study

Optional

  • Work Project Module
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Extension Module
  • Body and Society
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Constructing Emotions: social/political perspectives
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
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Teodora Axente

I came to Worcester from Galati in Romania to study joint honours in Media & Culture and Sociology. This was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I could have ever taken; the course matched my interests entirely and has been truly inspiring, as I have expanded my knowledge of some really challenging topics. It was also extremely helpful that some of my lecturers happened to teach across both subjects.

Since graduating I continue to have a particular interest in the concept of ‘moral panics’ and have been given the opportunity to collaborate with the Institute of Health and Society and to deliver a session on moral panics and dementia, which is a great honour for me. At the moment I am also working within Communication and Participation Department as an Administrator and am helping on events such as Open Days and Corporate Events. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in such an active and productive climate, where I can effectively use skills learnt during my academic study.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of;

  • Lectures that give an introduction and overview of topics studied as part of the content of each module.
  • Seminars, often featuring small group work and/or round table discussion of published and/or audio-visual materials. These support, extend and develop your knowledge of the topics introduced by lecture.
  • Workshops focusing on preparation for a range of different types of assignment. These develop your understanding and competence for assignment work.
  • Tutorials are one-to-one work with module tutors, usually focusing on assignment preparation or assignment feedback.
  • Assessed and non-assessed, individual and/or group classroom presentations. These help you to the build the skills and confidence for presenting ideas and information in a supportive public environment.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to gain and reflect upon a work-placement in your second year as part of a Work Project Module, supervised by the module tutor.

Contact time

If you are a full-time student, you study four modules at a time, with about three hours in class per week for each of them. In addition, you work outside the class, perhaps with fellow students, on interesting problems which will be discussed in the next week’s class. While you do this, you can if you wish consult a tutor for advice either in person or, if you prefer, by email.

In your final year, instead of one of the modules, you work on a dissertation covering a subject of interest to you, and your regularly meet a tutor for advice and guidance on this.

Independent self-study

In addition to the time in class, for each module you do around 7 hours of individual or small group self-study, always with a tutor to help and guide you if you need that. After the modules are finished, at assessment time you work on assignments, and if you are a full-time student you will need to devote about forty hours per week to that.

While you are doing self-study and working on assignments, you have available some excellent learning facilities. These include the world-famous Hive with its attractive environment and superb library resources, well-chosen books and extensive on-line reading-material. For each module, the tutors will also have set up a set of on-line web pages with the resources needed to guide you through the module.

Computers and instant printing facilities are readily available, including a main facility which has access 24 hours a day, and there are coffee bars and other places to work in too. Wi-fi is of course available through the university.

Teaching staff

The Worcester Sociology staff know how to make the subject interesting and students find them friendly and approachable. The team includes Simon Hardy, Lesley Spiers, Linda Price, Luke Devine, Jenny Lewin-Jones, Chris Faulkner and Mike Webb: you can see examples of some of their staff profiles below.

All have a teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Formative Assessment methods include class presentations, completion of assignment plans or drafts, tutorials, workshop discussions and exercises.

Summative Assessment

Each module has one or more 'summative' assessments that are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

  • Year 1: Book Reviews; short essays; reflective autobiography; group presentation.
  • Year 2: Written portfolio; shorts essays; long essays; book reviews; oral presentations; research proposals; work place project reports.
  • Year 3: Independent Research Project; long essays; written portfolio; poster presentations; literature review; oral presentation.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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 document.

Dr Linda Price

Dr Linda Price

Linda has research interests across Rural Sociology, particularly around historical connections between the country and the city with topics such as Access to the Countryside; suicide in farming families, embodiment, gender and historical changes in rural communities.

Linda has published widely, presents at international conferences and draws on her research in her teaching often connecting the country and the city on topics such as Health and Well Being,  Poverty, Housing and Domestic Violence.  Linda teaches across the curriculum, has developed models of personal development planning.

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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.

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Dr Luke Devine

Dr Luke Devine (Lecturer in Politics)

Luke’s teaching specialisms include contemporary politics, political philosophy, ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, and anti-Semitism. Luke’s research specialisms are in mystical Jewish literature, fin-de-siècle Anglo-Jewish literature, gender in Judaism and Jewish theology, and Shoah and post-Shoah theologies. Luke’s most recent publications include “‘I Sleep, but my Heart Waketh’: Contiguity between Heinrich Heine’s “Imago” of the Shulamite and Amy Levy’s ‘Borderland’” (2017), and “Shekhinah as ‘Shield’ to Israel: Refiguring the Role of Divine Presence in Jewish Tradition and the Shoah (2016).

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Lesley Spiers

Lesley Spiers' teaching and research interests are wide-ranging. Previous research has included examining femininity and discourses of dieting, beauty therapists and their relationships with clients as well as offering critiques on popular culture including the TV programme Little Britain. She has also worked on learning and teaching research projects with her colleagues across the Institute, focusing specifically on the way that academic subjects embed employability into their curricula.

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Mike Webb

Mike teaches across Politics and Sociology undergraduate courses with particular emphases on crime, political campaigning, the world of work, and social welfare.

His teaching also draws on his varied background as a former economics researcher, national organiser of a youth movement, special school teacher, and lecturer in media.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Our Sociology degree is a route into many careers. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have pursued a range of careers, including:

  • Housing
  • The probation service
  • Youth work
  • Caring professions
  • Social services
  • The police
  • Business and personnel management
  • Public relations
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, the course provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them. You'll gain employability skills such as:

  • Managing and communicating with people
  • Thinking out solutions to problems
  • Understanding the diverse society in which we live

Volunteering/Work Experience

During your time at Worcester, you'll have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activity. In Year 2, you can choose to register for a Sociology work experience module and to take up volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations. (These are regularly publicised to students).

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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?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Sociology BA (Hons) - L300

Joint Honours:
See our Sociology degrees page for Joint Honours options.

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

L300

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

Admissions tutor