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Sociology

BSc (Hons) |
Sociology enables us to understand society and our roles within it. It is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, are sustained and change.

This course is now closed.

Please consider Cultural and Creative Industries which still has places available.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

3 or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,000 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

L300

Who is it for?

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.

Objectives

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:

  • Social class and social mobility
  • 'Race' and ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Identity
  • Inequality and intersectionality
  • Migration
  • Media
  • Crime and criminology.

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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

'A' Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typical 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB with one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered
  • A Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent) are also  required.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • 32 points (no specific subjects required).

Access to Higher Education

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.

Other UK qualifications

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)

International

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

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.

Second-year transfers

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:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

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:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved.

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 international@city.ac.uk.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum requirement is:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • Cambridge ESOL: CPE grade C or above
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

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:

Visa requirements

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:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

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.

When to apply

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.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
Admissions Office.
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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Placements

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:

  • Media and communications
  • Crime and justice
  • Human rights
  • Migration and refugee support
  • Mental health.

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.

Study abroad

Students may study for between one and three terms at a partner institution through the British Council Erasmus scheme.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

Teaching

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

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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Research@CitySociology
  • Researching society: Qualitative Methods
  • Classical social theory
  • Lies, damn lies and statistics
  • Producing social data.

Elective modules include:

  • Media, history and politics
  • Contemporary issues in media studies
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Introduction to political economy
  • Politics and power in the 20th century
  • Language
  • Exploring London
  • Myths and Mysteries in World Politics
  • International Relations Theories
  • The Making of the Modern World Economy
  • Emerging Powers/Emerging Issues
  • Cognitive Approaches
  • History and Theory of Psychology
  • Biological approaches
  • Lifespan Psychology.

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Doing Sociology: Qualitative Methods
  • Contemporary Social Theory.

You must then pick at least two core elective modules from:

  • Understanding Social Change
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Culture and Society.

You can then choose up to four from the following:

  • News and Society
  • New Media Challenges
  • Violence
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Key Issues in Criminology
  • Penology
  • Global Perspectives: The world on our doorstep
  • Cultural Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data
  • Visualising Society
  • Global Popular Music
  • Music, Sound and the Environment
  • Transnational Social Movements
  • Religion and Politics in the age of Global Change
  • Political Scandals and the British Media
  • The Representation of Journalists and the Press in Film and Fiction.

Year 3

Core module:

  • Sociology Project

You must then pick at least two core elective modules from:

  • Work and Workers in the 21st Century
  • Emotions, Identities and Relationships
  • Food, Culture and Society.

You can then choose up to four from the following:

  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data
  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Global Migration Process
  • Sociology of Contemporary Europe
  • Television and Sport
  • Understanding Global Media Flows
  • Policing
  • Youth Crime
  • Global Perspectives: The world on our doorstep
  • Celebrity and Society
  • Global Popular Music
  • Music, Sound and the Environment
  • Forced Displacement
  • Violence in Global Politics: Fear, insecurity and identity
  • Culture and world Cities
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Media.

Career prospects

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.

70% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Sociology

UCAS code: L300


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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

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.

When to apply

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.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the
Admissions Office.
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223
E: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).

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