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University of Gloucestershire

Sociology BA (Hons)

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Course length
3 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

This course focuses on the significant issues of the day and how they impact on everyday life. You’ll examine inequality, social injustice, terrorism, migration, democracy, and citizenship and media representation. Our Sociology for Social Justice learning approach means that you will work alongside real-world organisations tackling issues such as community cohesion and social exclusion.

You’ll contribute to live research projects and have the opportunity to explore international sociological issues in destinations such as Bosnia and South Africa. You can also gain academic credit and professional experience through an internship in preparation for your career. When you graduate you’ll be well-prepared to make a difference to people’s lives.

Take a look at this video to find out more about studying Sociology at University of Gloucestershire.

Study style

You’ll learn through a range of activities such as group discussions, lectures, project work and field trips. You will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers who possess expertise in a range of exciting areas. The majority of your assessments will be coursework, focusing on the skills you will use in the work environment. These include report writing, presentations, essays, blog posts, portfolios, group work and a dissertation.

In Year 1 you’ll be introduced to the key sociological ideas to understand individual and collective social identities constructed around race and ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality, age and disability. We will explore ways in which social life is changing in the UK and globally. You’ll develop your knowledge and skills on a UK-based residential field week.

From Year 2 you’ll be able to choose from modules exploring topics such as gender, race and ethnicity, social welfare, crimes against humanity, power and injustice, and visual culture. You will have the opportunity to attend an international fieldtrip; previous locations have included Bosnia, South Africa, and Canada. You’ll also be supported to pursue a research area to match your interests and career goals in your final year. Students have recently investigated the motivations of Covid-19 volunteers, links between food waste and food poverty and why young people take action on climate change.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points, from any level 3 qualification, which includes A-levels, BTEC, T-levels and many other qualifications. Please see the UCAS tariff calculator for a list of level 3 qualifications and associated tariff points.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham L300 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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UoG Sociology graduates embark on diverse and impactful career journeys, contributing meaningfully to society. From influencing local and national government policies to conducting cutting-edge social research, our alumni make their mark in community development, youth work, and social housing.

Some choose to inspire future generations as educators, while others lend their voices to journalism or make a difference in the lives of individuals through social work. Beyond the expected paths, our versatile programme opens doors to opportunities in human resources, marketing, and PR, showcasing the adaptability of a sociology degree in today’s dynamic professional landscape.

Join us and pave the way for a career that resonates with your passion for understanding and shaping the social fabric.

Make a difference

Use your sociological skills to help your community and gain academic credit. First year students have helped to evaluate a community safety scheme in Gloucester – and second years can work on a project based on the needs of community members and organisations.

Trips and experiences

You’ll develop research skills through field visits in the UK, including a residential field trip at the end of your first year. You’ll also have opportunities to investigate sociological issues in more depth on a field week in locations such as South Africa and Bosnia.


You can choose to complete an internship to gain insights into your career options and experience for your CV. Organisations our students have worked with include Turning Point, Cheltenham Borough Council, neighbourhood groups, social housing organisations, schools and a children’s centre – all working on projects that support stronger communities.

Recently students have joined the committee for an event to celebrate cultural diversity in a Cheltenham neighbourhood, and worked with charities that offer support around problems with housing, mental health and alcohol abuse.

"Participate in projects with real impact"

“We have strong links with relevant areas of work beyond the university walls, so students can participate in projects with real impacts.”

Dr Louise Livesey, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

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