The word count is a communication about the level of detail required. It would be possible to write a short statement of 80 words, or a thesis of 80 000 words, on the same topic. The word count lets you know information such as how much detail to give, how many main points and sub points to choose, and how detailed the examples should be.
What is included in the word count?
Please refer to your programme and module handbooks for guidance on word counts as requirements may differ slightly.
Further reading: Reducing the word count