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  1. Sociology with Psychology
    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Sociology with Psychology

BSc (Hons) |
This joint degree equips students with different ways of investigating social life.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

3 or 4 years with a work placement option.

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

LCH8

Who is it for?

BSc (Hons) in Sociology with Psychology enables students to develop the methodical expertise to analyse social and psychological data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with social policy debates. The skills developed in this degree are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as government, the NHS, education, market research and the media.

Objectives

BSc (Hons) in Sociology with Psychology allows you to focus predominantly on Sociology while broadening your understanding of social life through the study of Psychology.

Sociology is the systematic study of institutions, organisations and power and is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, are sustained and change. The course examines the organisation of global capitalism. It also explores the opportunities and structural inequalities that define our everyday lives, including those related to: gender, class, race and migration.

Psychology focuses in more detail on aspects of individual cognition, development and behaviour. Students will have the opportunity to study diverse topics that include:  family life, work, popular culture, food, criminology, media, cognition, behaviour and attachment.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

For 2016 entry

UK

'A' Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB with one 'AS' Level. Other 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).

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
  • 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).

2
of City's renowned Social Science departments offer this joint degree
90%
of Sociology students said that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

What our students think of Sociology at City

Placements

You 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. They would be working in the following areas:

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

Study abroad

A wide range of international study exchange opportunities are available and students who choose to study abroad enjoy many added benefits. Exchanges vary in duration from 3 to 12 months. As a Sociology student you will have the opportunity to take an international study year (usually in another European country) as part of your degree. In particular, the Erasmus programme enables you to study in Europe for a semester or a full year www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.

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

    0
  • Year 2: 33%
  • Year 3: 67%

Modules

BSc Sociology and Psychology with Quantitative Methods pathway

In addition to the BSc Sociology and Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for you to graduate with an addiitional pathway.

Applications are made at Year 2 to the quantitative methods pathway.

The additional pathways and respective degree titles is:

BSc Sociology and Psychology with Quantitative Methods

Please find the new course specification for this pathway here.

Year 1

Core modules include:

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

Elective modules include:

  • History and theory of psychology
  • Exploring London
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
  • Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
  • Language.

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Doing sociology: qualitative methods
  • Contemporary social theory.

Elective modules include:

  • Biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology
  • Gender and society
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • News and society
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • News and society
  • Penology
  • Visualising society
  • Understanding social change
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • New media challenges
  • Gender, crime and justice.

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Sociology dissertation

Core elective modules include:

  • Social identities and personal relation nships
  • Work and workers in the 21st century
  • Broken Britain
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe.

Elective modules include:

  • Approaches to Autism
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Global migration processes
  • Celebrity and society
  • Applied multivariate data analysis
  • Topics in advanced quantitative social research
  • Democracy, social media and participation
  • New media: from cyberspace to social media
  • Youth crime.

Career prospects

This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social and psychological 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 and are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as:

  • Government and local government
  • NHS
  • Education
  • Market research organisations
  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Human resources
  • Financial sector
  • News media.

Graduates have entered all of these fields and many others upon graduation.

83.4% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Sociology with Psychology

UCAS code: LCH8


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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