Answered By: Ros Sykes
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2019     Views: 10

The word count usually includes everything in the main body of the text. Everything before the main text (e.g. abstract, acknowledgements, contents, executive summaries) and everything after the main text (e.g. references, bibliographies, appendices) is not included in the word count limit.

There are exceptions to this, but if there is an exception it should be explained in your assessment brief.  For more information see the University Assessment Policy: https://www2.worc.ac.uk/aqu/documents/AssessmentPolicy.pdf