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University of Portsmouth

Sociology

UCAS Code: L300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DD-D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

104-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Sociology

**Overview**
Are you interested in how the world around us affects groups and individuals, and produces social inequality? Would you like to use your degree to have a positive impact on society?

On this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, you'll study classical and contemporary social theory. You’ll explore pressing contemporary social issues and get an understanding of specialist areas of sociological study such as food, happiness, violence, sport, social class, gender and race.

You'll develop transferable analytical, communication and critical thinking skills you can apply in all aspects of your life and career.

After year 2, you'll have the opportunity to experience another culture or gain valuable work experience by spending a year studying abroad or doing a placement year. You can also earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements you do alongside your study.

The course prepares you for a variety of people-focused careers, from health and social care to teaching and research. You can also do further training or study after your degree.

**What you'll experience**
On this Sociology course you'll:
- Develop a critical and independent understanding of the world we live in

- Get in-depth knowledge of our society and how we interact with it

- Learn how our lives relate to each other's and how they intersect with wider social structures

- Develop transferable research, analytical, communication and critical thinking skills

- Focus on specific areas, such as food, happiness, violence, social class, gender and sport

- Expand your learning with the chance to explore optional, specialist units in diverse areas such as emotions, social justice and nationalism

- Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field

- Do research that connects your studies to what's happening now in society

- Boost your career prospects by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies

- Get the chance to spend a year studying abroad or doing a work placement after year 2

- Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will work with you to find the employment that you need to kick-start your career.

What can you do with a Sociology degree?
You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:
- teaching and lecturing

- research

- health and social care

- advertising

- marketing and media

- local government

- community development

- careers advice

- teaching

- charity work

- human resources and recruitment

- business administration and personnel management

Our Careers and Employability team will support you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Class, Inequality and the Lifecourse
- Developing Your Sociological Imagination
- Observing Society
- Research Design and Analysis
- Theorising Social Life

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Doing Sociological Research
- Modernity and Globalisation
- Risk and Society
- Work, Employment and Society

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
- Educational Psychology
- Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
- Family, Career and Generation (L5)
- Food, Culture, and Society
- Gender and Sexuality
- Gender and the Media
- Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness
- Learning From Experience
- Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
- Media, Culture and National Identity
- Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
- Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
- Race and Racism
- Screen Media
- Social Power, Elites and Dissent
- Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
- Study Abroad
- Violence, War and Society

Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Dissertation/Major Project (Sociology)

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Consumer Society
- Emotions and Social Life
- Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
- Family, Career and Generation
- Food, Culture and Society
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
- Introduction to Teaching
- Learning From Experience
- Media Fan Cultures
- Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
- News, War and Peace
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
- Race and Racism
- Social Power, Elites and Dissent
- Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
- Studying Comedy
- TV Drama and Society
- Violence, War and Society

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed throughout this course via a wide range of assessment methods including:

- written essays and tests
- both group and individual projects
- seminar participation
- examinations
- a 10,000-word dissertation

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

83%
high
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
55%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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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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