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BA(Hons)

Sociology

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
L300
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time
Delivery:
Part-time, full-time
Programme leader:
Peter Webb
Key fact:
Get to the heart of the issues facing society today by taking placements or internships, working with leading experts and developing your own insights into how to make a difference.

Page last updated 10 November 2017

Introduction

Why study sociology?

In a rapidly changing social landscape, studying society and people's relationship with it is increasingly important.

By exploring the nature, causes and effects of people's beliefs and behaviour, we can better understand social order and social change.

Sociologists are particularly good at evaluating, reasoning and communicating. They assess and map the context of social issues and problems skills that employers will value whatever career you choose.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Sociology focuses on how we can make a difference to 'self and society' using sociological theories and approaches.

Through a broad range of modules, and with the support of our staff who are leaders in their field, you'll engage with real issues, and develop fresh insights and solutions to help improve people's lives.

Learn to evaluate evidence, approach problems from multiple perspectives, and build your expertise in research, analysis and communication.

Carry out your own research projects to develop, test and apply new solutions to contemporary problems. Student projects have focused on the refugee/economic migrant crisis, representations of gender or religion in the media, homelessness, the gender pay gap, the policing of public order and demonstrations, the impact of new technology on cultural industries, and how social class affects attitudes to education. These illustrate just a small number of the types of projects students undertake.

Gain industry insights from guest speakers, and take part in work-based learning through our links with organisations such as the Bristol Youth Offending Team, Bristol Youth Education Service and the police.

Activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will build valuable vocational experience, and deepen your skills and knowledge further, to make you highly sought after when you graduate.

Where can it take me?

The broad skills and industry-focused experience you'll gain will make you attractive to a wide range of employers.

You could pursue a career in research, education, social work, charity work, counselling, politics, journalism or writing, or work in the justice, legal or media sectors.

You could also go on to do a postgraduate course or research degree.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Foundations in Social Theory
  • Sociological Practice
  • Social Issues and Social Problems
  • Comparing Cultures
  • Critical Thinking.

Year two

You will study:

  • Social Transformations
  • Social Inequalities and Diversity
  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Developing Self and Society

Plus one optional module from:

  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • The Sociology of 'Race' and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Society
  • Beliefs and Society
  • Transgression.

Final year

You will study:

  • Sociology Sciences Project and Placement Module.

Plus independent, in-depth research on a subject of your choice, and three optional modules from:

  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Stop, Look, Listen: A Sociology of Culture
  • Childhood Disorder and Disordered Childhood
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Psychoanalysis Society and the Irrational
  • Digital Media and Society
  • Bodies Technology and Society
  • Religion and Society
  • Politics and Society in the Global Age
  • The Sociology of Madness and Mental Disorders
  • Family Problems - Problem Families: Psycho-Social Perspectives on Family and Community Life
  • Contemporary Critiques of Modern Society
  • Seeing and Society: Applied Visual Sociology.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Develop your academic and practical skills through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, technology-based learning, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries.

Engage with leading sociologists in a friendly, supportive, environment. You'll be taught by experienced, enthusiastic lecturers who incorporate their research into their teaching to give you access to the latest ideas.

Explore technological, cultural and psycho-social processes through an impressive range of modules. We offer modules that differ in learning approach, so you can choose those that match your style.

You'll get to interact with different organisations and social groups, and attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
124%76%0%100%
223%74%3%100%
319%81%0%100%

Community and public projects

Benefit from our close links with local schools, to take part in education-focused projects, apply your knowledge and engage with the local community.

Get involved in our Social Science in the City series of events, which engage the public in research and ideas being pursued across the University.

Study time

You'll have at least 12 hours of teaching and related activities each week.

Assessment

We'll assess you using essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, group and individual projects, literature reviews, and computer-based assessments.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
124%53%23%100%
220%64%16%100%
39%78%13%100%

Features

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

There are opportunities to go on a work placement in Year two and again in the final year, when you'll engage in your own piece of original research.

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement. 

We have links with lots of employers, including the Alzheimer's Society, Bristol Children's Playhouse, Bristol Fair Trade Network, Bristol Refugee Rights, Claremont Special School, Lifeskills Centre or The Big Issue.

We offer volunteering and other work-based experiences, to deepen your knowledge and skills.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Learn in modern, well-equipped facilities to support your study of sociology.

Enjoy 24 hour access to our main university library, which has spaces for silent and group study, and rooms you can book. 

You'll have use of books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

BA(Hons) Sociology explores relationships in every area of life and gives you an understanding of society and social groups that will help you make a valuable contribution whatever career you choose.

Our graduates are increasingly in demand by employers for theirresearch and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, and their understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

Many students choose to go into the public sector in local or central government or the civil service. Others take their skills into healthcare, the justice service, education, journalism, politics, public relations or human resources.

Many students also progress to postgraduate study and research degrees.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in sociology

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Sociology, English Literature and Language, Psychology, RE and Communication & Culture.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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