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BA (Hons) Sociology

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Sociology and Social Policy

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Full-time, 4 years

Full-time, 5 years

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

How is the 4th Industrial revolution going to affect the skills you’ll need to get a graduate level job? Why has the Covid-19 pandemic seen more deaths amongst people from ‘BAME’ communities? How can communities organise more effectively to challenge social inequalities? What will the ‘new normal’ look like and how will this address the global environmental crisis? 

Studying questions like these on the BA (Hons) Sociology degree will develop your digital sociological imagination and the critical and professional skills that lead on to a wide range of careers such as teaching, social research, journalism, social work, human resources, social policy and NGO management. 

Your first two years on the degree will prepare you to conduct your own research project on a subject of your own choice supervised by one of your lecturers and you will also gain valuable work experience by doing a work placement in your final year. 

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

L300

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

Find out more

Placement

Optional placement year available

 

100%

Student satisfaction

Rated at 100% in NSS (National Student Survey) 2018. We continue to create an incredible seal of approval from our own students, putting sociology at UEL amongst the top in the country. 

1st

Top University in London

We are ranked as the top university in London where students to study sociology research according to The Guardian for 2019.

The best place to study sociology in the UK

The diversity of wealth, culture, and fast moving change in the local area East London is like a ‘living laboratory’ for our sociology students

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Emma Biles

Sociology, BA (Hons)

When I first came to university I thought there was this rigid boundary, a really deep wedge, between the theory and the practicalities of doing research. 

But now I see how they integrate and how they intertwine. You get that in your final year at UEL. The Life Histories module gives you a sense of how one’s individual biography relates to wider society. That’s at the crux of what sociology is.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

What you'll learn

This three-year full-time degree course (or four years part-time) will connect you to the real-life issues that exist in the communities outside our walls.

You’ll learn about the 4th Industrial revolution and the globalisation of society. In this increasingly digital age, information, money, goods and services move freely across national boundaries. Issues about society are no longer confined to geographical location and the large-scale movement of people across borders is an issue affecting all parts of the world.

Your course will make sense of the impact of this digital revolution and globalisation on the world in general and modern Britain in particular, focusing on its relationship to class, gender, religion and nationalism. You’ll also learn how to interpret data and how to conduct informed debate on social issues.

In your first year you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the subject by studying six core modules. In you second and third years you’ll be able to specialise in the subjects that interest you the most. These optional modules include ones on social change, the body, age and generation, cities, ‘race’, nationalisms, gender, surveillance, digital culture, and the media.

In your third year you’ll do a work placement module. You will build up your employability skills through a series of workshops focusing on mock interviews, job applications, networking, confidence and social media skills. You will then do a 12-day work placement and produce a critical review report at the end.  Afterwards you will receive feedback from the work placements employers. All of this will help prepare you for the world of graduate level work when you finish.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.

By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies. 

Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Professional Life: Mental Wealth
Exploring Communities as Social Scientists.
Researching Changing Communities
Reimagining the Work of a Social Scientist
Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Reading the Body
Psychosocially
Introduction to Digital Sociology
Globalisation & Society
  • Mental Wealth 1: Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self (core)
  • Constructions of Identity (core)
  • Social Theory 1: Sociological Arguments (core)
  • The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here) (core)
  • Digital Sociology and the 4th Industrial Revolution (core)
  • Issues in Contemporary Society (core)
  • Mental Wealth 2: Social Entrepreneurship (core)
  • Research Methods (core)
  • Social Theory 2 (core)
  • Space, Bodies & Power (core)
  • The Sociology of the City (option)
  • Understanding Social Change (option)
  • Intersectionality and Digital Culture (option)
  • Generations Age and Meaning (option)

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

  • Applied Project (core)
  • Mental Wealth: NGO Placement Reflections (core)
  • Constructions of ‘Race’ in Culture and Politics (option)
  • Life Histories (option)
  • Bordering and Governance (option)
  • Surveillance and Society? (option)
  • Gender Studies (option)
  • Culture, Media and Politics (option)

How you'll be assessed

We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays.

The approximate percentages for this course are: 
Year 1: 100% coursework,  
Year 2: 100% coursework
Year 3: 100% coursework 

In addition to writing traditional essays, you’ll be required to write reports, policy reviews and give presentations. This is to ensure you gain skills that are relevant to and can be transferred to the workplace. In your final year, you’ll write a research dissertation.

All grades count towards your module mark. 

More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.


Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

You’ll be based at our Docklands campus, where we’ll teach you through a combination of lectures and small group seminars.

In addition, to innovative digital research methods, we offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements).

Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

The course is assessed entirely by coursework such as essays, video presentations and in your final year you will have the opportunity to conduct some original research of your own under our supervision.

You will write a research dissertation that will demonstrate your ability to formulate an interesting research question and conduct a sociologically informed piece of empirical research.

Who will teach on this course

Sydney Jeffers

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

All of our sociology courses at UEL are about working with people. But that doesn’t mean you can only become a social worker at the end of your course. The reality is that a sociology degree will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs.

Increased focus on people, relationships and communication skills means that our students have gone into fields as diverse as teaching, human resources, the police and journalism.

For the last few years we have collaborated with Government in Social Research who are concerned to increase the diversity of social researchers within the civil service. This has involved students being advised through talks and workshop exercises how to apply for placements and fast-track entry into the civil service.

Many large retail firms such as Laura Ashley, Tesco and Marks & Spencer now view sociology graduates as ideal candidates to step straight on to their management training schemes.

You will graduate very knowledgeable about current affairs, have good communication and data analysis skills. You will be able to work well in a multi-cultural environment, which is what employers want, too.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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