Why study sociology?
In this short video, Dr Sarah Maltby talks about the relevance of a sociology degree to the workplace and our everyday lives:
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Course overviewThis popular degree course is designed to give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and practical applications of sociology and psychology.
Combined studies provide you with distinctive pathways to many of the most important areas of the social sciences. Course content is weighted to around three-quarters sociology and one-quarter psychology.
Graduates of this degree course are suited to broad-reaching roles within such areas as voluntary organisations, local government and health and social services.
Minimum 320 UCAS tariff points. This may typically be met by achieving ABB at A level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered. A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Studies are not accepted.More...
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000
23 September 2013
- Minimum 320 UCAS tariff points. This may typically be met by achieving ABB at A level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
- A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Studies are not accepted.
Grade C or equivalent in English Language and Maths or Statistics
Access to Higher Education
We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.
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 Maths and English Language at GCSE.
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.
Other UK qualifications accepted include:
- 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)
Second-year transfer applicants
If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:
- have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
- have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by 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.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
33 points (no specific subjects required)
International Foundation Programme
The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.
Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.
Accepted qualifications include:
- Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
- Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
- Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
- Cypriot Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant A-levels)
- French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 14/20)
- German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
- Greek Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant A-levels)
- Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (554)
- Indian HSC/ISC/ SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 80% average)
- Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of an overall mark of 80% with a grade of 8/10 in mathematics)
- Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
- Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
- Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM ABB)
- Norwegian Vitnemål (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
- Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving an average of 80% across three extended level subjects)
- Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (ABB at Higher 2)
- Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving 8 overall with 8 in mathematics)
- USA Advanced Placement (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 14 (5,4,4) from three approved subjects).
Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.
N.B. All qualifications where the education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS/TOEFL score.
If the qualification you are due to complete is not shown above, please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers 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.
- Grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)
- Cambridge ESOL CPE grade C or above
- IELTS 6.5
- TOEFL (internet based): 100 - 105
- TOEFL (computer based): 250
- TOEFL (paper based): 600
INTO English Language ProgrammesIf you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, 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.
Please click the links below for more information:
City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
- three years
You are encouraged to develop a mixture of transferable skills and competencies such as the development of critical thinking, communication, research design and data analysis, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
You will graduate from this degree programme with a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which the various disciplines relate to and inform each other.
- Foundations in sociology
- Sociology in action
- Understanding the modern world (15 credits)
- Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
- History and theory of psychology
- Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
- Lifespan psychology Year 2
- Media history and politics
- Contemporary issues in media studies
- Exploring London
- Introduction to criminology 1: Crime and society
- Introduction to criminology 2: Crime and the individual
- Doing sociology 1
- Doing sociology 2
- Social theory 1
- Social theory 2
- Biological psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Social psychology
- Personality and differential psychology
- Circuit of culture
- New Media challenges
- Television and sport
- Identities and personal relationships
- Interpreting news and documentary
- Social theory 2
- Violence, criminal justice policy
- Key issues in criminology
- Sociology of punishment
- Understanding social change
- Sociology project (30 credits)
- Concepts and categorisation
- Judgment and decision making
- Memory: trends and issues
- Sound and symbol in written language
- Neuroscience: Brain, mind and body
- Approaches to autism
- Health psychology
- Organisational psychology
- Psychology as philosophy
- Positive psychology
- Social and emotional development: The early years
- Abnormal and clinical psychology
- Coaching psychology
- Sociology of human rights
- The global media system
- Transnational communication in Europe
- Quantitative analysis of social research data
- Media war and terrorism
- Policing and crime control
- Youth, crime and society
- Media, cities and culture
- Global migration processes
- Reading sociology
- Sociology of race and racism
- Social movements and political action
- Approaches to film
- Gender and society
- New Media: From cyberspace to social media
- Sociology of contemporary Europe
- Crime, news and criminal justice
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
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.
You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.
For the third year project, you will receive supervision and the Project Workshop module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.
Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000
UK/EU students - The fees for UK/EU students rise each year by the rate of the cost of living in the UK and are set by the UK Government.
Non-EU international students - There is a small percentage increase, usually between 3% and 5%, each year on these fees.
ScholarshipsNew for 2013 entrants: Up to £2,000 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify.
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Sociology with Psychology
UCAS code: LCH8
Applications to our undergraduate courses open on 1st September and close on 15th January (30th June for international students). Late applications will still be considered at our discretion.
All applications to our undergraduate degree courses, including those from mature students, must be made through UCAS.
You can apply through your school or college using the UCAS online service 'Apply' which enables you to apply directly through the UCAS website (www.ucas.com). Independent applicants such as mature and international students can also use ucasapply.
The institution code for City University is C60. If you are still at school or college when you make an application, staff there should be able to assist with this process offering you help and advice.
If you are outside the UK when you make an application your local British Council Office should be able to provide assistance. We accept a large number of international students to our undergraduate courses every year, so if your international qualifications do not reflect the grade requirements, then please feel free to contact us.