Sociology BA (Hons)





About the course

Sociology is the study of social life. It engages with theory and research to make sense of the forms that societies take and the impact they have on the biographies of individuals.

The Sociology BA (Hons) course at the University of Bedfordshire is a lively and multi-vocal subject. It draws from a wide range of subjects such as politics, cultural studies, law, economics, international relations, development studies, social work, childhood studies, social policy, anthropology, philosophy, education and ethics to broaden and deepen your understanding of the world around you.

You will be encouraged to reflect upon the contested nature of social realities, problems and opportunities and invited to think locally and globally about lived realities, ideas and perspectives and to identify if you are part of the problem or part of the solution.

This course aims to make you feel alive in your subject while also preparing you for graduate employment.



Sociology - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - L300
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Sociology with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Sociology with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Sociology with foundation year

Sociology with International Year Zero - BA (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





Why choose this course?

  • Study global issues such as human rights, childhood, the sociology of popular culture and imagination, crime and the media, the sociology of health, urban crime, control and youth crime, contemporary social theory, and cultural identities.
  • Learn from our award winning and world-leading academics at the University of Bedfordshire with expertise in human rights, trafficking and exploitation, international child protection, the international refugee regime and climate change.
  • Enhance your employability and extend your learning through voluntary work with organisations and NGOs locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Challenge yourself with a final-year supervised research-based dissertation in your chosen subject, building on the theoretical and research skills developed during your course.
  • Benefit from field trips and activities relevant to your interests that facilitate links with professions and industries and a portfolio of networks. Previous examples include trips to Bosnia to learn about the genocide of Srebrenica in 1995, visits to the international criminal court at The Hague, Parliament as well as acclaimed guest speakers.

What our graduates say

Students are enthusiastic about the way that the course is taught and the opportunities that they are given both inside and outside of the lecture rooms.

“It has opened new career paths for me. Whereas before I thought I wanted to be a social worker, now I want to work in Human Rights.”

“At the International Criminal Court we saw the internal workings of the court. You have to see and experience things rather than just have them taught in class to really understand them.”

“Talking with people in Srebrenica who lost loved ones in the conflict, makes it all real. I was surprised that so many are now dedicated to building social cohesion. Their message is that hatred does not prevail and should not be allowed to dominate. This is really important for our own communities.”

“I never knew the impact it would have on me. If it wasn't for your all inspiring dedication, enthusiasm and all round awesomeness I wouldn't be so inspired and passionate about wanting to work in human rights or in any humanitarian capacity.”

“I've enjoyed it so much and I think I can safely say it's changed my life and the way I view it.”



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

You will study a mix of core and option units all focusing on knowledge, skills and analysis – essential requirements for your employability.

Year 1 (all core units)
  • Investigating Social Life
  • Identity and Structure
  • Exploring the social landscape
  • Constructions of Childhood
  • Understanding Society
  • An Introduction to Modern Britain
Year 2 (study three core units and select from option units):

Core:

  • The Nature of Social Theory
  • Research Approaches in the Social World
  • Making Sense of Popular Culture

Options:

  • Sociology of Human Rights
  • Disability in Childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • Contemporary Forced Migration
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Crime and the media
Year 3 (study one core unit and choose two option units):

Core:

  • Independent Project in Sociology

Options:

  • Ideas and Issues in globalisation
  • Understanding the welfare state and education
  • Childhoods in a global context
  • Sociology of health
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Delinquency and Delinquency legislation
  • Contemporary Issues in Sociology



Discover the School of Applied Social Studies

Established in 1994, the School of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire has come to be recognised as a place where teaching and research combine to provide students with a rich and supportive learning environment.

This has been achieved by developing and delivering high quality programmes of academic and professional study.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of conventional and innovative assessment strategies throughout this course and they reflect the knowledge, talents and skills that can be readily transferable into the workplace as well as into postgraduate study.  

Written assignments (reports, essays, and reflective pieces) will demonstrate your capacity to communicate well in written form, to research a subject in depth, to evidence expertise, to think critically and independently about complex issues and to meet deadlines.

Time-limited exams will test your ability to retain and retrieve subject-specific information as well as to apply knowledge to new contexts.

You will also participate in presentations and debates, including mock UN Security Council debates. These are popular with our students as they allow you to get into the heart of global problem solving, international politics, justice and accountability.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Our sociology students learn how to be interested in the world in order to propel meaningful change in the people, organisations and institutions around them.  

Research has demonstrated that social science graduates are the most employable and there are a variety of careers where a sociology degree is not only seen as relevant but is also regarded as desirable.

These include social work, the law, media, probation, human resource management, international organisations and NGOs, teaching in primary, secondary and tertiary education, politics, industry, the Civil Service, and research in both the public and private sectors.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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Sociology - BA (Hons)

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