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BA (Hons) Sociology (with Foundation year)

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Sociology and Social Policy

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Sociology, but don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Sociology is about understanding our social world - how we interact and relate to each other. It is also about understanding where we came from and where we are going so that we help to improve social conditions for all.

By studying sociology at the University of East London, you’ll not only discover the answers to those questions, you’ll gain the skills and understanding to be able to challenge inequalities and shape social policy in the world around you.

UEL is at the centre of one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe. Our sociology team plays a leading role in this changing landscape, running research centres such the Centre for Narrative Research, the London East Research Institute and the Centre for Institutional Studies.  You’ll have the opportunity to take in these important research areas and have a real impact on people’s lives.

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

L304

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact 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)

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Ranked as the 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.

Top

Teaching process

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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Zenani Sibindi

Foundation year student

It was really encouraging to me when I found out that doing a Foundation year was a way for me to get into university. 

The Foundation course prepares and develops you for when you fully start your degree. The tutors are all very approachable. You can talk to them about things you’re struggling with, and they are very happy to help you. It’s an atmosphere of encouragement.

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 £12,729.

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 list 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.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are 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
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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 list 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.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are 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
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

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 make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* 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 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
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 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

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (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.

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.

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 Gender Studies, Islam in Society and Housing and Urban Regeneration.

In your third year you’ll carry out your own research project and write a dissertation under the close supervision of one of our lecturers. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on a work placement to broaden your learning and experience.

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
Constructions of Identity
Social Theory 1: Sociological Arguments
The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here)
Digital Sociology and the 4th Industrial Revolution
Issues in Contemporary Society
Mental Wealth 2: Social Entrepreneurship
Research Methods
Social Theory 2
Space, Bodies & Power
The Sociology of the City
Understanding Social Change
Intersectionality and Digital Culture
Generations Age and Meaning
Research and Dissertation Workshop (core)
Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics (optional)
Critical Approaches to Class (optional)
Gender Studies (optional)
Generations, Age and Meaning (optional)
Housing and Urban Regeneration (optional)
Islam and Society (optional)
Life Histories (optional)
Nationalism in a Global Era (optional)
Surveillance, Technology and Society (optional)
The Sociology of Identity and Difference (optional)
Work Based Leaning Placement Module (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.

In both subjects, 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.

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 may want to consider taking your studies further on a postgraduate course at UEL and helping to shape the local community with your research.

But if it’s the world of work you’re interested in, we’re committed to making you stand out in a crowd when it comes to the jobs market. We’ll empower you by involving you in our research and encouraging you to think for yourself though our teaching methods. When you leave us, we want you to be self-confident, self-reliant and work-ready.

We also want you to be 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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