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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)

Course/institution codes

L300 G BA/S

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject that you can access with lower entry requirements.

Location

Duration

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

UK/international fees

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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
  • The BA Hons Sociology was rated 1st in London in the 2017 Guardian Subject League Tables, and achieved 90% student satisfaction in the 2018 NSS.

What you will study

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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.

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Entry requirements

If you are

104 UCAS points from A-levels. 

You will also require GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). 

General Studies is not usually accepted.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

Previous study of Sociology or a related subject is preferable but not essential.

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, such as the International Baccalaureate.

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

In some instances, students will be asked to attend an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject with lower entry requirements. Our extended degrees include a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

How you will learn

Teaching

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

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

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. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

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, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

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

Feedback summary

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

Dates and timetables

Academic year: 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

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

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.

2018/2019 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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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.

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

Financial support

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in either your second or final year alongside your other modules.

You can also opt to register on 'sandwich mode', which means you can do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement, you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 150 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid, full time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

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 gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships, and can be paid or unpaid. Students are responsible for finding their own internships though we will support you through the application process.

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.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

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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