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Sociology with Psychology (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Health and Social Sciences
Four years full-time; part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Peter Webb
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Sociology with Psychology 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 peoples lives.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Sociology with Psychology?

Sociology with Psychology connects the study of people and society with the science of the mind to gain a better understanding of what shapes behaviour, beliefs and attitudes. You will explore the cultural, political, economic and human factors that influence the way we live, developing knowledge that will enrich your life and transferable skills that 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?

BSc(Hons) Sociology with Psychology at UWE Bristol focuses on making a difference to self and society. In the first year, you will study both subjects on an equal basis before specialising in one of the two areas. With a wide choice of specialisms and the support of staff who are leaders in their field, you will engage with real-world 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 and regional 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 2 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

Students graduate with 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 and counselling while others have chosen to work in the legal or media sectors. Students can also opt to continue their studies with postgraduate courses or research degrees.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following modules:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Social Science courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year 0 modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

At the end of Year one, you choose whether to major in Sociology or to major in Psychology and continue with Sociology as a minor subject (see course entry for Psychology with Sociology for full details). If you continue with Sociology as your major subject you will study:

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Optional modules

  • Mind, Brain and Development
  • Identities in Psychology

Final year

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement module
  • Two optional modules from the list below:

Optional modules

  • 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 select optional modules for the list below according to credit requirements:

  • 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

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

We use a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods of teaching from formal lectures, seminars and workshops to one-to-one tutorials and ICT based learning technologies. It is of significant benefit to the quality of teaching that seminar numbers are kept to a maximum of twenty students.

Practical work is carried out in specialist laboratories for Psychology and Psychophysiology. All students have access to computing facilities with statistical and specialist software.

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

Study time

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



Forms of assessment are varied and 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.


The course makes use of a variety of assessment methods. On average, the weighting of coursework and controlled assessment is around 50%, although this varies from module to module. Coursework includes: essays, journal article and book reviews, research reports, literature review, computer based tests, personal reflective journal. Controlled assessment includes unseen and seen examinations, timed assignments, group and individual presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Throughout the course, many students take internships and volunteering roles, gaining additional practical experience and valuable skills. In Year 2 you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities which combine work experience and critical self-reflection on what has been done.

During Year 3, 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

Lectures and seminars are backed by an innovative virtual learning environment where you can engage with materials, students and staff, as well as access blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards. Our health and social care library is one of the largest in the UK, and exceptional onsite facilities include eye-tracking laboratories to investigate perception and eye-movements related to psychological experiences, and a state-of-the-art driving simulator designed to assess the impact of different factors on driving performance.

Supported by dedicated psychology technicians, practical sessions in our undergraduate laboratory use advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation to evaluate physiological data.

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

Learn from Experts

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.

Real-world engagement

Our commitment to applied sociology and psychology, 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 with Psychology gives you an understanding of people, society and social groups that will improve your ability to make a valuable contribution whatever you decide to do in the future. 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 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

UWE career resources and downloads

Guardian - what to do with a degree in sociology

Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology


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) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531

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

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: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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

Please see the general information about applications.

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