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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Sociology

Examine sociological explanations and ask how they can be applied to the world around you.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? L300
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 93% for overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • 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.

Student View

Watch student Evelyn Boakye talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

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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 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, 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. 

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.

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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.

Student success story
Sociology student Lucy spent her placement developing her own crime prevention campaign with South Yorkshire police.

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.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Crescent
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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

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 2

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.

Additional costs for Sociology and politics courses (PDF)

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