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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; five years sandwich; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; 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 14 February 2018

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.

Year one

You will study:

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

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.

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.

Year two

You will study:

  • Theorising Social Life
  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Developing Self and Society.

Plus one optional module:

  • Gender and Society
  • The Sociology of 'Race and Ethnicity
  • Transgression
  • Beliefs in Society
  • 'Difference': Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society

Plus one optional psycology module from:

  • Mind, Brain and Development
  • Identities in Psychology.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two. Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement or learning and development module.

Final year

You will study:

  • Sociology 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
  • Contemporary Critiques of Modern Society
  • Sustainable Futures.

And two optional modules from:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Aspects of Mental Health
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Constructing Gender in Society
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging
  • Principles of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Perspectives on Political Violence
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology in the Community
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The Arts and Mental Health.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 you'll spend on different assessment methods, each 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.

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.

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

Study year abroad 

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. 

Study exchange 

Study exchange allows you to take the first and/or second semester of Year two at a different university. Unlike the study year abroad, you'll complete modules to achieve equivalent credits. These modules will be decided in advance with your programme leader. 

Explore our global study partners to find out which institutions participate in our exchange programme. 

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

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.

Learn more about costs.

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 Psychologycourse.

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

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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