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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.
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.
Recent graduate Sophia Hanke was inspired by her course to make a short three-minute film titled 'Welcome to Sociology at UWE Bristol', which features students and lecturers talking about their course.
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.
Graduating in Sociology from UWE Bristol will open up a variety of interesting and rewarding future possibilities for you. In this short film, some of our recent Sociology graduates discuss how their course has helped them to develop their graduate careers.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Foundations in Social Theory
- Social Issues and Social Problems
- Comparing Cultures
- Sociological Practice
- Critical Thinking (Sociology and Criminology).
Study exchange (if applicable)
If you choose the study exchange option, you'll spend the first and/or second semester of year two studying at another university.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Theorising Social Life
- Nature and Use of Research (Sociology)
- Developing Self and Society (Sociology).
Plus, two optional modules from:
- Gender and Society or Difference: Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society
- Transgression or Love, Intimacy and Personal Life: The Sociology of Families.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.
Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Sociology Project and Placement Module.
Plus three 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
- Contemporary Critiques of Modern Society
- Seeing and Society: Applied Visual Sociology
- Sustainable Futures.
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.
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:
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Community and public projects
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.
You'll have at least 12 hours of teaching and related activities each week.
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:
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Students who undertake work experience, or a study exchange overseas, tend to graduate with better degrees and with improved employability skills, making you a sought after graduate.
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 a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
Grow your personal and professional network and develop specialist subject knowledge by spending a semester or academic year at one of our partner universities abroad.
Increase your confidence, intercultural communication skills and boost your employability.
Explore our study abroad pages to find out more.
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 / Further study
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.
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.
Full Time Course
Indicative Additional Costs
Part Time Course
Supplementary fee information
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.
- Tariff points: 112
- GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Sociology (with Foundation Year).
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
How to apply
UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 5 July 2020. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333