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What makes Sociology with Politics at Worcester special?

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 lecturers who have a personal interest in you and your ideas. There are also plenty of real-life research opportunities, such as interviewing and observing, and when using sociological and political theory we make it relatable, showing how it can help with ‘real’ problems.

Alongside studying Sociology your course will have a political edge, allowing you to relate sociological research and issues to political philosophy, systems, and existential political challenges in Westminster, European and global politics. This combination of subjects will allow you to see the impact of politics, political language and legislation on everyday lives.



Key features

  • Critically engage with contemporary sociological and political challenges in our modules on the environment, Digital Sociology, Sociology of Health, Visual Sociology, Westminster, European, and global politics
  • A personalised learner journey tailored around your own interests which includes close tutor support in helping you to develop personal, academic, and graduate skills with a focus on long term career planning
  • Lively debates not just sitting in lectures. When we do have lectures, we make them interactive, inclusive, and personally stimulating
  • Specialist careers advice and work-based learning in local and regional organisations and with political parties in local constituencies and Parliament that will increase your employability
  • Assessments (no exams) which focus on personal and experiential learning and encouragement of your own research interests to help you become an independent learner able to understand contemporary global challenges and how Sociology with Politics can make sense of them

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points (for example, BCC at A Level)

Other information

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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


  • Sociology: Approaching the Crisis

  • Visual Sociology

  • Social Justice

  • Sociology in Practice

  • Westminster Politics

Year 2


  • Sociology: from Origins to Present
  • Practical Research in Sociology
  • European Politics



  • Work Project Module
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Sociology of ‘Race’: Global Perspectives
  • Digital Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Development and Change in the Global South
  • Optional language modules

Year 3


  • Dissertation
  • Global Politics


  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Education and the Sociological Imagination 
  • Constructing Emotions
  • Global Power: Sociological Perspectives
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Sociology Extension Module
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment


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 the course.

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

Moreover, 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 from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful

Contact time

In a typical week, students will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year there is normally slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around class contact time will be structured around lectures (1 hour) and seminars/group work (2 hours).

Independent self-study

In addition to the time in class, you will complete 25 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 37 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.


3 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

The Sociology with Politics staff team knows how to make the subject interesting and students find them friendly and approachable. You can see examples of some of their staff profiles below. All have a teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include essays, reports, discussion papers, discourse analyses, portfolios, presentations, and a final year independent study/dissertation.

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

  • 1 book review
  • 2 essays
  • 1 reflective autobiography
  • 2 reports
  • 1 group presentation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 discussion paper

Year 2

  • 1 book review
  • 2 essays
  • 1 research proposal
  • 2 reports
  • 1 synopsis
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 political discourse analysis
  • 1 presentation

Year 3

  • 1 independent study
  • 4 essays
  • 1 literature review
  • 1 interview
  • 1 political discourse analysis
  • 2 presentations


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. 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.

Hannah Carstairs - Former Politics student

Politics is such a vast subject covering topics of history, sociology, ethics and a little philosophy. It helps you to gain a clear understanding of the world around you and I have really enjoyed how the course focuses on contemporary political issues rather than just ideologies. The lecturers use a variety of interactive media to engage students and help you find interesting research. Studying politics has assisted me to fine tune the skills I will need to seek a career in teaching and writing. I will take what I have learnt on this course into my Masters.

I would highly recommend the university to others. The lecturers on my course have been incredibly supportive and understanding allowing me to take the course at my own pace.

Linda Lukangu - Former Politics student

The politics classes are quite small, so it’s easy to get your voice heard and you really get to know your lecturer and your classmates. The classes are usually divided into a lecture about a specific subject and the second half is more about discussions and group work where you can develop your critical thinking.

I would definitely recommend the university. It's the right size with loads of greenery and a good sized town centre only walking distance away. The university also offers loads of assistance for those who need it so you never feel alone and the course selection is so big, everyone is guaranteed to find something they are interested in

Meet the team

Dr Luke Devine

Luke is currently Course Leader for Sociology

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 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.



Our Sociology with Politics degree is a route into many careers. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have pursued a range of careers, including in housing, the probation service, youth work, politics, 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, 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, not to mention digital literacy skills.

During your time at Worcester, you'll have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activity. In Years 2 and 3 you can choose to register for a work experience module and to take up volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations (these are regularly publicised to students). Moreover, the Politics team enjoys links with local councillors, MPs, and parties; in the past, students have gained valuable work experience across a range of political parties and campaigns, as well as working in local constituencies and Parliament.

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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

Sociology with Politics: LL22

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Get in touch

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

Dr Luke Devine

Course Leader - Politics