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Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 Mathematics at grade C or 4

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This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

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Full-time | 2022



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**Course Summary**
* Investigate social identities like ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, disability, gender and religion to understand privilege and disadvantage.

* Explore social movements for equality in a global context

* Evaluate the relative power of groups and individuals drawing on complex cultural and material resources

The first year introduces you to core sociological knowledge and skills taught by friendly and approachable staff. You progress to more specialised modules in the second and third years, with ample opportunity to develop your personal interests and build employability skills with peers and colleagues.

**How you learn**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Staff are experts in their fields and bring their research-based knowledge to all the teaching and learning activities undertaken on the course.

Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials combine to challenge your understanding of the social world and help you develop self-confidence and motivation – essential to all graduate jobs.

You will also discover new knowledge and ideas through a variety of field trips, events and guest speakers arranged throughout the year.

You learn through

* lectures

* seminars

* workshops

* tutorials

* field trips

* events

* guest speakers

* group learning

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme..

**Applied learning**

**Live projects**

You will undertake live projects as part of your degree, to give you a taste of how you can use the skills learnt on the course in the real world. An example of this is getting to work on a project brief for a local charity, undertaking desk-based research which helps their work and forms the basis for your assessment. You can then list this work on your CV.

You can choose from a range of elective modules, such as environment and society, youth studies, propaganda and media studies, and education policy. Alongside this, you undertake a more demanding commissioned project, working in a team to meet the needs of a local organisation.

**Field Trips**

On each year of the course, you can take a field trip at no additional cost. In recent years these have included:

First year– a visit to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
Second year– 4-day visit to Edinburgh
Third year– dissertation conference

**Work placements**

In the second year, many students opt to go on an eight-week structured work placement. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Past students have worked on projects under the direction of a supervisor in workplaces such as hospitals, police service, schools, council departments and community associations.

Alternatively, you can study abroad for 12 weeks at a university in Europe, Australia, USA or Canada. Taught in English, you have a choice of modules. This is a chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles, as well as travel to new places and meet new people.

**Networking opportunities**

As a Sociology student you will be enrolled as a member of the Social Policy Association (SPA) – funded by the University. The SPA is the UK’s professional association for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners of social policy. It offers you access to extensive networks that can support your studies and career development.


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Deviance, Order And Protest 20
Graduate Development 20
Media, Representation And Society 20
Researching Society 20
Shaping Societies 20
The Sociological Imagination 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Applied Research Methods 20
Inequality, Identity And Intersectionality 20
Theorising Modernities 20
Elective modules
Beliefs, Values And Religion 20
Education: Theory, Policy And Practice 20
Environment And Society 20
Health And Inequalities 20
Spin, Propaganda And The Media 20
Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) 60
Work Project 20
Youth: Chaos And Control 20

Final year
Compulsory modules
Dissertation (Sociology) 40
Elective modules
Advanced Research Methods 20
Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context 20
Crime And The Media 20
Culture, Media And Consumption 20
Drug Use In Context 20
Education, Power And Control 20
Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability 20
Families And Kinship: A Sociological Insight Into Family History Studies 20
Globalisation, Gender And Work 20
Power, Sex And The Body 20
Social Theory And Film: Modern, Postmodern And Postcolonial 20
Tokenisms, Fetishes & Religion 20
Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism 20
Understanding Modern Masculinities 20
Work, Employment And Globalisation 20

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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.

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