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Sociology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52.

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

25-26

25-26 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-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points

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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Sociology

**Overview**
How can we understand and explain diverse social and political issues such as Brexit, drone warfare, veganism, the #metoo movement and celebrity culture? Why does social inequality continue to exist? How can we find out more about, and improve, people's lives and experiences?

On this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree, you'll explore these pressing contemporary social issues and delve into the latest sociological research.

As well as applying classic sociological theories to contemporary situations, you'll have the opportunity to study specialist areas of sociology that interest you most, such as nationalism, happiness and emotions, the body, social class, and gender, sexuality, and race. You can also follow a media studies pathway, studying topics such as digital cultures and media fandom.

You'll develop the skills and knowledge to engage critically with the world around you, enhancing your understanding of it so you can consider how to fight to change it.

You'll be taught by sociologists who are currently doing research that tackles social inequalities, explores people's lives and investigates pressing contemporary issues. The content of many modules is based on this research, giving you an experience and perspective you won't get anywhere else. You'll also develop the skills to carry out your own research into topics you care about.

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 degree you'll:

- Develop a critical and independent understanding of the world we live in

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

- Develop an understanding of how sociology can help us to understand and fight inequality and injustice

- Build research skills that support you to carry out your own research and analysis of issues you're passionate about

- Take specialist optional modules taught by leading sociology researchers, on topics such as food, nationalism, emotions, social class, gender and race

- Develop transferable skills that will impress employers, as you learn to think critically, lead research projects, communicate effectively and analyse data

You'll have the opportunity to:

- Spend a sandwich year studying abroad or doing a work placement after year 2

- Boost your career prospects and link your learning to the wider world by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies

- Follow an optional media studies pathway, focusing on topics such as media fandom, digital cultures and comedy and graduating with a Sociology with Media Studies award

**Careers and opportunities**
The knowledge you gain on this course, coupled with the communication, research, critical thinking and analysis skills you learn, means you'll have lots of career options when you graduate.

Areas you could go into include:

- Teaching and lecturing (with additional training or further study)

- Research and policy

- Health and social care

- Advertising

- Marketing and media

- Local government

- Community development

- Careers advice

- Charity work

- Human resources and recruitment

- Business and personnel management

Job roles some of our recent graduates have gone into include:

- Equality and diversity co-ordinator at HS2

- Housing policy officer in local government

- Recruitment manager and human resources manager in the NHS

- Events organiser for Bank of England

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

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:
- Challenging Global Inequality
- Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
- Digital Cultures: Exploring the Digital in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Emotions and Social Life
- 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
- 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
- Sociology of Religion
- The Body: Sociological Perspectives
- The Sociology of Education
- Understanding Personal Life

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:
- Celebrity and Society
- Challenging Global Inequality
- 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
- Sociology of Religion
- Studying Comedy
- The Body: Sociological Perspectives
- Understanding Personal Life

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
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

68%
med
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

69%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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, social policy and anthropology

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

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

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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