What students say about sociology
In sociology we have four hours of lectures, and four hours of seminars a week. It doesn't sound like a lot, but there's a lot of personal reading and work to be done as well. It's a great course if you're newer to sociology, and just as interesting for more involved students. There's one piece of coursework to do with research methods, and everything else is marked according to essays done in exam conditions, and you'll do several practice essays.1st year, Goldsmiths, University of London
The course is mainly coursework-based, with most of your marks coming from assignments. Learning sociology at uni is very different to college, but it's still really interesting with lots of work based on the gender, age and ethnicity areas you should be used to if you studied it at A-level.2nd year, University of Huddersfield
Love the course! Some modules are challenging and require a lot of preparation such as research modules. I definitely recommend sociology as a degree. Overall I love it!2nd year, University of Nottingham
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- Media studies
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Housing officer
- HR officer
- Welfare advisory offier
Other real-life job examples
- Social Researcher
- Financial analyst
- Police officer
What employers like about this subject
Subject-related skills you can get from a sociology degree include a knowledge of sociological theories and how they apply to people and organisations and their behaviour; the way sociology relates to social and civic policy and the methodology, interpretation and communication of social research. Transferable skills you can develop as a student studying sociology include communication, problem-solving, team-working and good time management. Sociology graduates are employed in many industries including social care, hospitals, schools, banking, recruitment, the police, the prison service and local and central government.