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What makes Politics at Worcester special?

This Joint Honours course takes a people-centred approach, allowing you to explore how people struggle to change the worlds in which they live, how they try to get things done, and how they get governments to solve problems or to address injustices.

The programme focuses on the ideas that shape our world, the forms of power that seek to influence them and the political forces that can help and hinder progress. We value a proactive and engaged approach, meaning you will have your voice heard in the debate.

Please note: this course is only available as a Joint Honours Undergraduate course. For more information, please see our joint combinations below.

Key features

  • Work-based learning opportunities within the political sphere enhance employability, and support you to develop theoretical insights linked to real practical experience
  • Superb facilities, including extensive archives and collections at the award-winning Hive library
  • Excellent preparation for a career in a range of sectors, including teaching, the civil service, journalism, local government, pressure groups, the charitable sector and postgraduate study

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

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.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • POLP1101 Democracy: Past, Present and Future (30 credits)


  • GEOG1122 Unequal World (15 credits)
  • HIST1104 Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789 (30 credits)
  • HIST1106 Nineteenth Century Britain (15 credits)
  • SOCG1106 Welfare for All? the story of a dream (15 credits)
  • LANG1002 Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing (15 credits)
  • LANG1210 French Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • LANG1230 German Stage 1 (15 credits)
  • LANG1250 Spanish Stage 1 (15 credits)

Year 2


  • POLP2101 Pathways in Politics (30 credits)


  • POLP2105 Politics Work Project (15 credits)
  • GEOG2131 Geographies of Development (15 credits)
  • HIST2103 Twentieth-Century USA (30 credits)
  • HIST2118 Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690-1848 (15 credits)
  • HIST2119 Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century Russia (15 credits)
  • JOUR2006 Reporting Politics I (15 credits)
  • SOCG2105 Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates (15 credits)
  • SOCG2109 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain (15 credits)

Year 3


  • POLP3101 Politics Independent Project (15 credits)
  • POLP3103 Challenging Politics: people versus power across the globe (15 credits)


  • GEOG3131 Political Geography (15 credits)
  • HIST3103 Nationalism (15 credits)
  • HIST3120 British Imperialism c. 1784-1972 (30 credits)
  • JOUR3004 Reporting Politics II (15 credits)
  • MECS3008 War, Democracy and the Media (15 credits)
  • SOCG3104 Response to Crime: The Justice Process (15 credits)
  • SOCG3110 'Race', Ethnicity and Education (15 credits)
  • SOCG3113 Constructing Emotions: social / political perspectives (15 credits)

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Students study 120 credits in total each year.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Study Democracy: Past, Present and Future (30 credits) and at least one further 15 credit Politics module.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Study Political Thought and Research (30 credits) and at least one further 15 credit Politics module.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Study at least three 15 credit Politics modules.


Politics modules are typically delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and directed learning. Lectures introduce you to the literature of the subject under consideration and direct you to appropriate reading. Seminars are designed to encourage you to discuss your views on topics introduced in previous lectures, in response to the research that you have undertaken in preparation for the seminar.

The great majority of assessment is by course work. While the most obvious purpose of assessment is to judge your ability to research and communicate your knowledge of Politics, it is equally important that assessment strategies give you the opportunity to develop and acquire ‘key transferable skills’ which will serve you well in the workplace.

Assessment, therefore, takes a variety of forms - essays, oral presentations, book and literature reviews, source analysis, reports, briefing papers, portfolios, and learning journals and examinations.


In addition to an impressive book stock accumulated over half a century, Politics students have access to a substantial and growing range of electronic resources. These range from books and journals in electronic format to websites providing access to a huge range of relevant materials (for example, British parliamentary papers and newspapers).

Tutorial Support

Module tutors are available throughout the teaching semester for one-to-one tutorials. You can arrange such tutorials as often as you feel you need to.

All students are allocated an Academic Tutor whom you will meet regularly throughout your time at university. Academic Tutors will advise you on study skills, module choices, career planning and can offer support and advice if you are experiencing any difficulties that may affect your academic performance.


Where could it take you?


This course 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.

In order to help you reflect upon, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, the Politics course provides a number of opportunities to discuss and develop them.

The course provides an ideal basis for progression to postgraduate study.

Volunteering/Work Experience

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. In addition, volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations are regularly publicised to students.


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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 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 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 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-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.


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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Politics BA (Hons) must be studied in combination with another course. The Joint combinations available are: 

History and Politics: People & Power BA - VL12
Human Geography and Politics: People & Power BA - 7L1L
Journalism and Politics: People & Power BA - PL52
Media & Culture and Politics: People & Power BA - PL32
Politics: People & Power and Sociology BA - LL23


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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


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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.

Admissions Office

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