The BSc (Hons) in Sociology course is for those wishing to study and develop methodological expertise in order to analyse social data and engage with social policy debates.
The degrees affiliation with City's Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates posses strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills, which are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as government, education, market research, not-for-profit sector, the financial sector and news media.
BSc (Hons) in Sociology examines the organisation of contemporary societies and explores the opportunities and structural inequalities that define our everyday lives. You will have the opportunity to study topics such as the following:
You will have the opportunity to appreciate the complex interplay between local and global forces, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis, which - in our case - is London. This course will develop your critical thinking and skills in the analysis, interpretation and production of social data.
We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.
A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.
You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make to you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.
If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.
INTO City University London offers:
These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:
If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.
Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.
On your application please include:
This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.
Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful. If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is:
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.
Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
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What our students think of Sociology at City
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides. Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of the University, working in the following areas:
If you opt onto a Q-Step pathway, you will do a workplace Data Placement in Year 2 and have the opportunity to do an international placement between Year 2 and Year 3.
Students may study for between one and three terms at a partner institution through the British Council Erasmus scheme.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
We teach Sociology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system.
Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small-group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.
You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes as well as to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.
For the third-year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.
Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research reports, group presentations and other assignments) unseen examinations and a final-year project.
This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data, as well as the analytical capability to identify and engage with social policy debates. You will develop specific skills relevant to a variety of professions as well as critical thinking, which is prized in graduate employment.
The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative method skills, which are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as the government and local government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector, HR and the news media. Recent graduates have entered all of these fields and many others upon graduation.
Information taken from Unistats