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Sociology, BA Hons

Study a sociology degree to make sense of society's most challenging issues. You'll emerge with the analytical skills to embark on careers that help to deliver solutions.

Our BA Hons Sociology explores issues such as inequality and social change, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, crime and deviance, and social justice. The course provides a wide range of options, including the chance to widen your perspective by studying a language. You could also undertake a dissertation or work placement.

By the end of your degree, you'll understand how to apply critical thought, research, communication, and teamwork to what you do. These transferable skills are sought after by many employers.

Popular careers for our sociology graduates include youth and community work, welfare provision, and positions within charitable organisations and local and national government.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

L300 G BA/S

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • It enables students to specialise in the study of sociology while incorporating courses to allow you to build your degree around your interests and career aspirations
  • It equips you to build a broad foundation in sociological thinking and theory is offered while also supporting you to pursue your own ideas and interests through focused research
  • You develop a range of intellectual and practical transferable skills that provide a strong foundation for future employment in a range of careers in the sociological workplace
  • It covers a range of issues from popular culture to social justice, from gender and identity to global relations
  • Greenwich is ranked 2nd in London (and 21st in the UK) in the Sociology subject-area rankings in the Guardian University Guide 2021

Sociology, BA Hons


Want to find out what studying Sociology at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Louise Owusu-Kwarteng.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts, which includes senior academics, and practitioners with industry experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work.

All staff in the Sociology team possess a teaching qualification.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

For entry in September 2021, you will require:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-Levels (we also accept UCAS points from alternative Level 3 qualifications including: BTEC Nationals, the International Baccalaureate and Scottish and Irish Highers)

AND YOU WILL ALSO REQUIRE:

  • GCSE English (Language or Literature) AND GCSE Maths at grade 4/C or above. We also consider equivalent qualifications in English and Maths at Level 2, in place of GCSEs.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

If you have any query on - and for more information about - our entry requirements, please contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with non-traditional qualifications or appropriate professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from modules of this degree.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a 'blended model' of teaching and learning (except for distance-learning courses). This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We'll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of*:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Class sizes

All students on a module attend lectures. You can expect to see approximately 50-70 students in a lecture. Seminar groups are much smaller, with roughly 20-30 students.

Independent learning

You will be provided with course readings which correspond to the areas explored in the lectures. Within the seminars, you will have the opportunity to discuss your understandings of the readings and the lectures, and to relate them to broader, but relevant and related issues.

You can use Stockwell Street Library and online resources to support further reading and research.

In addition, during the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules
  • Attend guest lectures from industry experts
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops
  • Join student societies.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, on average, students are assessed by*:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

*Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year. You can find more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'what you will study' section.

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Part time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees information International fees

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Trips: You are not obliged to pay for any field trips to complete this course.

Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

This course can be taken in sandwich mode, which means you can take a year to work in industry between your second and final years of study. Sandwich placements are relevant to your degree subject and are paid roles. It is the very best way of preparing you for successfully finding a job quickly when you graduate.

You will also have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake a short-term placement. The module will be assessed on your reflection on this placement and how you can apply your knowledge to the workplace. Many placements are found through our network of industry contacts, and students are supported in securing these.

How long is my placement?

Sandwich placements last for between 9-13 months. Work-based learning module placements are normally one day a week for either one or two terms depending on the number of credits available from the module.

What are the financial arrangements?

Sandwich placements are paid roles whereas work-based learning module placements are normally unpaid.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Sociology graduates have gone on to careers in youth or community work, welfare provision, or roles in charitable organisations or local and national government. Careers are also available in teaching, health administration, personnel management, publishing, marketing and social research. Some career options may require further study.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.