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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Three years full-time
Part-time, full-time
Programme leader:
Peter Webb
Key fact:
Sociology at UWE Bristol puts you at the heart of real-world issues (with opportunities for placements, internships and study abroad) and encourages you to develop fresh insights that improve people’s lives.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Sociology?

Sociology investigates people's relationship with society to gain a better understanding of what shapes their behavior, beliefs and attitudes. In a rapidly changing social landscape, you will explore the cultural, political, economic and human factors that influence the way we live.

You will develop knowledge which will enrich your life and transferable skills which will improve your career prospects - from the ability to evaluate evidence, approach issues from multiple perspectives and apply theory, to expertise in research, analysis and communication.

Why study our course?

BA(Hons) Sociology at UWE Bristol focuses on making a difference to self and society.With a wide choice of specialisms and the support of staff who are leaders in their field, you will engage with real-world sociological issues and be encouraged to develop fresh insights and innovative solutions that improve people's lives. At the same time, undertaking real-world activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will enable you to apply your knowledge and enhance your professional skills.

Real-world experience

There are many opportunities throughout the course to build valuable vocational experience. Staff are active researchers involved with many local, regional and national organisations who provide guest speakers for a busy calendar of events. We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Youth Offending Team, Bristol Youth Education Service, and local police forces.

In Year two you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities and volunteering, which give you the chance to undertake original research to develop, test and apply new solutions to real-life issues.

Where it can take you

Sociology graduates have a broad skill set attractive to a wide range of employers. In recent years our graduates have secured careers in research, education, social work, charity work, counselling, politics, journalism and writing, while others have chosen to work in the legal or media sectors. You can also opt to continue your studies with post-graduate courses or research degrees.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



This course incorporates placements, volunteering and other workplace experiences relevant to the real world. You will have the opportunity to explore technological, cultural and psycho-social processes and investigate a range of topics through an impressive choice of modules.

The course includes interaction with a range of organisations and social groups, reflecting the department's dedication to applied sociology, knowledge exchange and community engagement.

We live in a rapidly changing world and career marketplace, so we keep our courses under constant review in order to be current and relevant. This is one of the strengths of the education we offer.

Year one

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

Year two

  • Social Transformations
  • Social Inequalities and Diversity
  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Developing Self and Society
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules

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

Final year

  • Sociology Sciences Project and Placement Module
  • Three optional module from the list below:

Optional Modules

  • 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 project allows you to do independent research on a subject of your choice in depth. The project can be desk based, that is based entirely on secondary sources, or it can be primary research based, using data students themselves collect through research techniques.

Some titles of recent projects written by our students are:

  • 'It's a girl thing!: a study of women, food and body image'
  • 'To cool for school': an investigation of the under-achievement of boys at GCSE level'
  • 'The meaning of 'Carnival': an exploratory case study of St. Paul's Carnival'

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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.

Learning and Teaching

Studying Sociology at UWE offers you the opportunity of engaging with some of the leading scholars in their fields and in a friendly atmosphere. Teaching is carried out by a team of experienced, enthusiastic and supportive lecturers dedicated to translating aspects of their research into their teaching.

Our teaching makes a difference by offering you various ways of learning that address all of your different learning styles. You will experience lectures, seminars, workshops, ICT based learning technologies, media presentations, independent project work and reflexive diaries through which you will develop both academic and practical skills.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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Study time

UWE guarantees at least 12 contact hours of teaching and related academic activities.


Forms of assessment are equally varied and also seek to develop numerous academic and practical skills. Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, group and individual projects, literature reviews, and computer-based assessment. We are moving towards 'seen' examinations as we believe that by providing you with the questions in advance we are eliminating 'luck' in the assessment process about which questions will come up and also enabling you to engage more deeply with the material and so improve your performance.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Throughout the course, you can undertake internships and volunteering roles, gaining additional practical experience and valuable skills. In Year two you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities which combine work experience and critical self-reflection on what has been done.

During Year three, there are opportunities for work placements that build your professional and personal skills and make useful connections for the future. Placements enable you to engage in original research in a real-world setting and we have relationships with many organisations including Alzheimer's Society, Bristol Children's Playhouse, Bristol Fair Trade Network, Bristol Refugee Rights, Claremont Special School, Lifeskills Centre, and The Big Issue.

Study facilities

You will be taught by an experienced, enthusiastic and supportive team who incorporate their own leading-edge, real-world research into the curriculum, and mentored by a personal academic tutor. With a stimulating programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries, you will develop the academic knowledge and practical skills that will make a big difference to your career and your life.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Real-world engagement

Our commitment to applied sociology, knowledge exchange and community engagement is reflected in students' on-going interaction with a range of organisations and social groups.Our staff are active researchers involved with many different organisations that enhance our teaching by arranging special events and activities and providing regular guest speakers. We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Youth Offending Team, Bristol Youth Education Service, Gloucester Community Services, the Institute of Psychotherapy and local police forces.

We also enjoy close contact with local schools, and you will also have the chance to contribute to the Social Science in the City a series of events which engage the public in research and ideas being pursued by staff from across the University.


Careers / Further study

A degree in sociology benefits relationships in every area of life and an understanding of society and social groups will improve your ability to make a valuable contribution whatever you decide to do in the future. Sociology graduates are increasingly in demand by employers for their research and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, and their incisive understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

Many choose to work in the public sector in local or central government, the civil service, healthcare, the justice service or education, while others find the degree valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations and human resources. There are also many options for further postgraduate study and research degrees.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in sociology


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
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

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


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.
  • 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.

Please read the general information 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

Please see the general information about applications.

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