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BSc(Hons)

Sociology with Psychology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
L38F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Peter Webb
Key fact:
Work with leading social researchers to develop your own ideas and insights to help improve lives and the social structures around them, while gaining an excellent skillset that will put you in a strong position in the job market.

Page last updated 9 October 2017

Introduction

Why study sociology and psychology?

Studying people and society, and the science of the mind, helps us understand what shapes different behaviours, beliefs and attitudes in different communities and parts of the world.

By exploring the cultural, political, economic and human factors that influence the way we live, we can we can engage with, research and formulate solutions to social issues from a more informed place. 

You'll an in-depth understanding of sociology and psychology plus research, presentation, writing, critical analysis, and listening skills. You'll learn to use a diverse range of information sets to employ a contextual and holistic approach to social issues and problems.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Sociology with Psychology focuses on making a difference to 'self and society' by exploring aspects of both of these disciplines.

In the first year, you'll split your time equally between both, before choosing to specialise in one subject.

Through a broad curriculum, and 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 from a social and psychological perspective.

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

Carry out your own research projects to develop, test and apply new solutions to contemporary social and psychology-related issues. Students have done projects on body image and the media, anxiety and depression in young adults, impressions of mental health in education, the psychological power of fascism, and social insecurity in the job market for young people. These are a small snapshot of the types of projects that 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 or counselling, or work in the 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 zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science.You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Foundations in Social Theory
  • Sociological Practice
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis 1
  • Critical Thinking.

At the end of year one, you'll choose whether to major in sociology, or to major in psychology and continue with sociology as a minor subject (see Psychology with Sociology for more details).

If you continue with sociology as your major subject, you will study the following modules.

Year two

You will study:

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

Plus one optional module from:

  • Mind, Brain and Development
  • Identities in Psychology.

Final year

You will study:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement module

Plus two optional modules from:

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

Plus optional modules (the number depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Anomalous Experiences and Mental Health
  • Appearance and Embodiment
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Theory & Research
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology and the Arts
  • Psychology in the Community
  • The Arts and Mental Health
  • Working with difference in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Atypical Development
  • Gender, Sexualities and Society
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Psychological Approaches in Mental Health
  • Consciousness
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology of Addiction.

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

Learn through a mix of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and ICT-based learning.

Seminars have a maximum of 20 students, to give you a good level of tutor input and support.

Engage with leading sociologists and psychologists 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.

The course give you the chance 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.

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.

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

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
124%76%0%100%
223%74%3%100%
319%81%0%100%

Study time

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

Assessment

Sociology

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

Psychology

We'll use about half coursework and half controlled assessments, although this varies module to module.

Coursework includes essays, journal article and book reviews, research reports, literature review, computer based tests and a personal reflective journal. Controlled assessment includes

unseen and seen examinations, timed assignments and group and individual presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

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

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
022%65%13%100%
132%58%10%100%
233%64%3%100%
311%64%25%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.

You'll have opportunities to go on a work placement in year two and again in the final year of the course. In your final year, you'll engage in original research in a work setting.

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

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

Study facilities

Learn in our modern, well-equipped facilities to support your study of sociology and psychology, including our specialist labs and computing facilities with statistical and specialist software.

Carry out social and psychological experiments, using the latest technology and analytical instrumentation, supported by dedicated psychology technicians.

Investigate perception and eye-movements related to psychological experiences in our eye-tracking labs.

Use our advanced driving simulator to assess the impact of different factors on driving performance.

You'll also have access to our fantastic health and social care library, which is one of the largest in the UK.

Our virtual learning environment is a big part of all our courses, too. You'll get to engage online with study materials, students and staff, and access blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

BA(Hons) Sociology with Psychology gives you an understanding of people, 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 their research 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

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology

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

Part Time Course

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

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for 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.

See our funding pages for more information.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, 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 one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Sociology with Psychology course.

International students will be requested to take part in a telephone interview.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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