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Goldsmiths, University of London

Sociology and Chinese

UCAS Code: 3L03

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2020

Subjects

Sociology

Chinese studies

This degree provides intensive Mandarin language tuition, one year at a top Chinese university in Beijing, and analytical sociological skills for you to understand and actively engage in a global world in which China is a major superpower.

**Why study BA Sociology & Chinese at Goldsmiths?**
- This interdisciplinary degree gives you the chance to study sociology with a year abroad in China.

- You’ll explore how societies, cultures and people are formed, organised and develop, alongside specific modules about Chinese culture. By studying both subjects, you’ll cover topics from Chinese literature and philosophy to global development and migration.

- You’ll learn how to speak and write Mandarin and spend a year in China improving your language skills at a top university in Beijing and experiencing Chinese society and culture first-hand.

- As part of the Department of Sociology, you’ll be studying in a department that’s immersed in a research-active community that’s investigating topics from human rights and social justice to inequality and the super-rich.

- After graduating from Goldsmiths you may be able enrol for one further year of study at Capital Normal University (CNU) in China, leading to the award of a BA in Chinese from this prestigious institution.

Modules

The programme runs over four years and is taught jointly by the Confucius Institute and the world-class Department of Sociology. Over three years at Goldsmiths, you will be taught Mandarin and different aspects of Chinese society and culture. You will learn about how societies and cultures are formed and organised. What do we know of the birth and development of the modern state? What is the role of culture in people’s sense of identity and belonging? How do markets, and the control of economies, shape the lives of individuals and societies? How are people and societies formed now, in the context of new media technologies, globalisation, economic control, and military proliferation? And how are these societies now, different from those in the past?

You will engage with these questions and more.

You will also have the opportunity to live in Beijing for a year and to study at the Capital Normal University. While in Beijing, you will continue with your Mandarin training, but you will also be able to experience Chinese society and its varied cultures first-hand. Then, when you return to London in your fourth year, you will have a chance to consolidate that learning by writing a dissertation.

Throughout your studies, the Confucius Institute will provide film nights and various cultural events to complement your learning outside of the classroom. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and experience Chinese culture.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, and unseen written, listening and oral exams.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Sociology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Sociology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Asian studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Childcare and related personal services

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Asian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations

China plays an important role in world economics and politics, and business can be very interested in graduates with good Chinese language skills. In 2015, just over 180 degrees were awarded in this subject to UK graduates, so it is still an unusual and specialist degree to take - take that into consideration before drawing definitive conclusions from the data. About one in five graduates went on to further study (mostly at Masters level) and of those who were working, a quarter went to work abroad. Most of the rest were working in the UK after six months, mainly in London. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills, even if that language is rare and valuable to business.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£18k

£24k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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