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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 degree 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 in History, Politics and Media and Journalism, as well as the chance to widen your perspective by studying a language.

You could also undertake a dissertation or work placement in your final year.

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, HR and marketing, and positions within charitable organisations and local and national government.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

L300 G BA/S

Location

Greenwich Campus

Duration

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

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • It enables you to specialise in the study of sociology while incorporating optional modules to allow you to build your degree around your interests and career aspirations
  • 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 wealth of intellectual and practical transferable skills that provide a strong foundation for future employment in a range of careers
  • It covers a range of issues from popular culture, social inequalities and global relations, to gender, identity and migration

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.

My top reason for coming to the University of Greenwich is diversity. I love meeting people from everywhere and anywhere and I get to learn an understand their culture.

- Sharifa Yakubu, BA Hons Sociology

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Entry requirements

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Qualifications

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points. We accept A Levels, T Levels, BTECs, Access to HE and all other qualifications with UCAS Tariff points.
  • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language/Literature at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Contextual Admissions

  • We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions Policy.

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. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Further information about entry

For more information, contact us at courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call us on 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

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.

Teaching

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

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

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

Seminars and workshops 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 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

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate self-study time (around 20-30 hours per week) to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams.

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

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

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.

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.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

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.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 £2,312 per 30 credits N/A
International £17,000 £4,250 per 30 credits N/A

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

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 and community work, welfare provision, or roles in charitable organisations or local and national government. Careers are also available in teaching, health administration, HR, 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, work and employability related activities are organised as part of your course throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.More about careers.

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.

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

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.