BA (Honours) Sociology

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)


Full-time Sociology

Harness sociological knowledge to build your future career and change the world around you.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?


Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Gain an understanding of deviance, order, protest, inequality, identity and religion. 
  • Take on real-world projects with hospitals, the police, schools, councils, charities, and community associations.
  • Develop an expert approach to producing life-changing research in the future.
  • Tailor your course to your interests with elective modules, live projects and work placements.
  • Gain membership of the Social Research Association (SRA).

Human social behaviour and our society is becoming more diverse and intricate. Join us to delve into the challenges of privilege and disadvantage, investigate ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, disability, gender, and religion, and explore social movements for equality in a global context. 

By studying Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University you will learn, you will become independent, and you will build a career that affects the world around you.


93% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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Your lecturer’s view

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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.

Our staff are experts in their fields – bringing their research-based knowledge to all the teaching and learning activities on the course. With their support you’ll develop confidence, champion diversity and make a difference in communities – all in a safe, green and affordable city. You’ll challenge your understanding of the social world through lectures, seminars, workshops,and tutorials.

You’ll also discover new knowledge and ideas through a variety of field trips, events and guest speakers arranged throughout the year. You’ll develop your skills by working with others in small groups, as well as by creating your own independent learning style.

You learn through:  

  • Workshops 
  • Tutorials 
  • Field trips  
  • Events  
  • Guest speakers  
  • Group learning

Key Themes

From day one, you’ll learn how to research, gain independence, benefit from invaluable work placements, and become a confident, competent professional. You’ll explore core sociological knowledge and skills before progressing onto specialised interests and employability skills – working on live projects and putting your skills to the test in real-world situations. 

You will develop your knowledge and skills in a range of modules on topics such as Education, Health and Disability, Drugs, Crime and Society, and Gender, Sexuality, and Culture. 

Course Support 

Community is a huge part of this course – both in and out of the classroom. You’re part of a large, safe academic community that helps you thrive. You’ll help to champion diversity in an accepting environment, with societies, charities and other extracurricular activities to help you along the way.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment through:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-one, webinars, and online resources.
  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities.

Course leaders and tutors

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Ian Woolsey
Senior Lecturer In Sociology

Former Faculty Research Fellow: College of Social Sciences and Arts. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Applied learning

On this industry-focused course, you’ll learn things you can apply to the real world. For example, previously our students have undertaken research with various charities. They have also worked collaboratively online with students from the University of Dallas.  There are always opportunities outside of the classroom – we’ve even recently seen a level 4 student deliver a speech to the United Nations.

Live Projects

You’ll undertake live projects as part of your degree, getting a taste of how to use the skills you learn on the course in the real world. For example, working on a project brief for a local charity – undertaking desk-based research, helping them while also forming the basis for your assessment.

You’ll further boost your CV by undertaking more demanding commissioned projects – working in a team to meet the needs of local organisations. These could include research and development departments, charities, human resources, community-based support, businesses and service providers.

Field Trips 

During the course, you can take a field trip at no additional cost. In recent years these have included a visit to Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast. You get to immerse yourself in places and contexts of sociological importance and interest. For example, previously students have visited the Slavery museum in Liverpool/the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. 

There are also additional away days and conferences to help build more external knowledge.

Work Placements 

In the second year, many students opt to go on an eight-week work placement. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous 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. This is a brilliant chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles and travel to new places and meet new people.

Networking Opportunities

 As a Sociology student, you’ll be enrolled as a member of the Social Research Association (SRA) – funded by the university. The SRA is a membership organisation for social researchers working on poverty, health, crime and other social issues you’ll encounter on your course. You’re able to access extensive networks that can support your studies and career development – with amazing networking and research opportunities during your studies and beyond. It also provides access to a wealth of past and present research for you to refer to.

The Sociology society is also a great chance to meet with your fellow students. You can network and socialise with students from your course or different courses – anyone who shares an interest in social issues and the development of society.

Future careers

The skills you’ll develop during this flexible degree will enable you to successfully transition into a much more comprehensive range of potential career paths.

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Health and related areas 
  • Education 
  • Police, prison, and probation 
  • Local and national government 
  • Drug and alcohol services  
  • Social and policy research 
  • Human resources 
  • Civil service  
  • Trade unionism 
  • Business management 
  • Victim support work 
  • International consultancy 
  • Journalism

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

The university is investing £250 million in new facilities over the next five years. This means students have access to new, innovative, and flexible spaces to study and relax in, making their student experience even better.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112 -120

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

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T Level Qualification
  • 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.


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

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from 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 consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also 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 are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

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

Deviance, Order And Protest
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Researching Society
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sociology – The Big Issues
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Sociological Imagination
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Applied Research Methods
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Inequality, Identity And Intersectionality
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Theorising Modernities
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Sociology – Real-World Application
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Work Placement (Politics And Sociology)
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Drugs, Crime And Society
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Education, Health And Disability
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender, Sexuality, And Culture
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sociology Dissertation
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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 courses (PDF, 336.9KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

Student success story
Sociology student Lucy spent her placement developing her own crime prevention campaign with South Yorkshire Police.
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How do I apply?

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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