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BA (Hons) Sociology

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Sociology and Social Policy

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

The BA (Hons) Sociology at UEL provides students with a deeper understanding of some of the most urgent social issues today, including: racism, migration, poverty, gender, inequality and identity.
 
Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers, so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. Many of our graduates successfully progress to careers or postgraduate training in: social work, teaching, criminal justice, journalism and research.
 
Our students are our first priority. We work hard to ensure that our students get the support they need to succeed. This means that all of our students benefit from close, one-to-one support with a member of staff throughout their degree.  
 
We provide our students with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. All of our students benefit from a work placement to ensure that they gain valuable experience before they graduate. 
 
Our highly rated research also means that our students learn from the very cutting edge of knowledge. Our research focuses on real-world problems, including: poverty, racism, nationalism and inequality.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

L300

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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100%

Student satisfaction

100% of our students said they were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with our course, an incredible seal of approval from our own students, that puts Sociology at UEL amongst the top in the country. (NSS, 2018)

1st

Ranked 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 and culture, and fast moving change in the local area East London is like a ‘living laboratory’ for our sociology students. We scored more than 98% satisfaction by the students on the NSS 2018.

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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're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


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're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2018. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarsip - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


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.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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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 relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. 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. Please click here for details.
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 here.

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 globalisation of society. In this technological 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 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 four core modules. In your second and third years you’ll be able to specialise in the subjects that interest you most. Examples of optional modules include Crime and danger in the city, Social patterns of health and illness, Gender studies and Families, children and education.

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 work when you finish.


What you'll study and when

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. 

Key Themes and Debates in Social Sciences (core)
Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists (core)
Reading the World as a Social Scientist (core) 
Globalisation and Social Movements (optional)
Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (optional)
Game Changers in Sociology (optional)
Crime, Surveillance and Society (optional)
Making a Social Scientist (core)
Politics and Public Policy (core)
Social Theory 1 (core)
Construction of Identity (core)
Research Methods for Social Sciences (core)
Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change (optional)
Social Theory 2 (optional)
Crime, Danger in the City (optional)
Social and Public Policy (optional)
Research Dissertation (Core)
Work-Placed Learning Placement (Core)
Gender Studies (optional)
Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics (optional)
Life Histories (optional)
Surveillance, Technology and Society (optional)
African Politics and Society (optional)
HIV in the World (optional)
Culture, Media and Politics: Understanding the Meaning of Social Life’ (optional)
 

How you'll be assessed

We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Some of the optional modules also contain exams.

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.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

We offer this compelling combination course on a three-year (full-time) or four-year (part-time) basis.

You’ll learn how to conduct informed debate on anthropological and social issues through observational research – what we call ethnographic fieldwork.

We’ll train you to carry out participant observation among people within their own community. By doing so, and in writing up your results, you’ll develop professional skills in organising fieldwork, cooperating with others, planning and conducting interviews, making sense of different ways of life, and collecting and analysing data.

For example, in 2014, our first-year students retraced the steps of Charles Booth, who began his monumental survey of poverty and living conditions in London in the East End at the end of the 19th century.

The students explored Brick Lane and the surrounding area, which has seen successive waves of immigration from Huguenots to Bangladeshis and which has recently become increasingly gentrified and ‘hip’. They were then tasked with mapping the areas around Arnold Circus and the Boundary Estate, the first municipal public housing in this country, in a similar way to the method used by Booth.

The field trip was linked to work in the research methods and social policy modules on Booth as well as to studying the impact of migration in the East End, the area’s gentrification and the effects on it of globalisation.

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.

We have developed partial accreditation with the Chartered institute of Housing for students who in their final year develop a housing focus to their work. This would not dilute the sociological skills developed but rather would use Housing as an area in which these areas are developed. 

Partial accreditation would enable students to become Members of the Chartered Institute of Housing and on Graduation and in a housing related job to work towards becoming a Chartered d Member of the Institute of Housing supporting rapid career progression 

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 skills and are able to work well in a multi-cultural environment. And that’s what employers want, too.

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