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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Sociology with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Sociology and politics

Harness sociological knowledge to build your future career and change the world around you, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course. 


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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through clearing
What is the UCAS code? C005
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Investigate social identities like ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, disability, gender and religion to understand privilege and disadvantage.
  • Explore social movements for equality in a global context
  • Evaluate the relative power of groups and individuals drawing on complex cultural and material resources

The first year introduces you to core sociological knowledge and skills taught by friendly and approachable staff. You progress to more specialised modules in the second and third years, with ample opportunity to develop your personal interests and build employability skills with peers and colleagues.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This foundation year is an entry route if you do not meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Sociology course, if you are not yet ready for degree-level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

You will share the foundation year with other Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Applied Social Science, Law, Criminology and Policing foundation students, before moving on to your degree.

Staff are experts in their fields and bring their research-based knowledge to all the teaching and learning activities undertaken on the course.  

Different styles of learning are combined to challenge your understanding of the social world and help you develop self-confidence and motivation – essential to all graduate jobs. 

More importantly, staff support you to be the best you can every step of the way, whether working with others in small groups or developing your own independent learning style.  

You learn through 

  • lectures 
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials 
  • field trips 
  • events 
  • guest speakers 
  • group learning

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Course leaders and tutors

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Karl Baker-Green
Senior Lecturer, Sociology Course Leader

Karl presently teaches on a variety of modules across the Sociology Degree route. He is also module leader for Researching Society, Shaping Societies, Qualitative So … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects 

You will undertake live projects as part of your degree, to give you a taste of how you can use the skills learnt on the course in the real world. You will undertake desk-based research which will assist their work and form the basis for one of your assessments, and can list this work experience on your CV.   

There are also many elective modules to choose from, such as environment and society, youth studies, propaganda and media studies, and education policy. Alongside this, you undertake a more demanding commissioned project, working in a team to meet the needs of a local organisation.  

Field Trips

On each year of the main degree course, you can take a field trip at no additional cost. In recent years these have included a visit to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool (first year), a 4-day visit to Edinburgh (second year) and a dissertation conference (third year). 

Work placements

In the second year of the main degree, many students opt to go on an eight-week structured work placement. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Past students have worked on projects under the direction of a supervisor in workplaces such as hospitals, police service, schools, council departments and community associations.

Alternatively, you can study abroad for 12 weeks at a university in Europe, Australia, USA or Canada. Taught in English, you have a choice of modules. This is a chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles, as well as travel to new places and meet new people (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Networking opportunities

As a Sociology student you will be enrolled as a member of the Social Policy Association (SPA) – funded by the University.  The SPA is the UK’s professional association for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners of social policy. It offers you access to extensive networks that can support your studies and career development.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in   

  • health and related areas
  • education
  • probation 
  • police service
  • prisons
  • local and national government
  • marketing and advertising
  • research and development departments
  • human resources
  • community-based support
  • voluntary and charitable organisations

These are just some of the areas previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in.  

However, the skills you will develop across your degree will enable you to successfully transition into a much wider range of potential career paths.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS Points, including 24 from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences Credits: 60
Module: The Practice Of Social Science Credits: 60

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Deviance, Order And Protest Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Graduate Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media, Representation And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Researching Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Shaping Societies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Sociological Imagination Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Inequality, Identity And Intersectionality Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Theorising Modernities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Beliefs, Values And Religion Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Education: Theory, Policy And Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Health And Inequalities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Spin, Propaganda And The Media Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Work Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Youth: Chaos And Control Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation (Sociology) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Research Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Crime And The Media Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Culture, Media And Consumption Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Drug Use In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Education, Power And Control Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Families And Kinship: A Sociological Insight Into Family History Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Globalisation, Gender And Work Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Power, Sex And The Body Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Theory And Film: Modern, Postmodern And Postcolonial Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tokenisms, Fetishes & Religion Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Modern Masculinities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work, Employment And Globalisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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