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What is Sociology BA (Hons)?

This course focuses on the significant issues of the day and how they impact on everyday life. You’ll examine inequality, crimes against humanity, terrorism, democracy, and citizenship and media representation.

You’ll work on live research projects and have the opportunity to explore international sociological issues in destinations such as Northern Ireland and Canada. 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.

Study style

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, group work and poster presentations and a dissertation. Your studies will also include group discussions, lectures, project work and field trips.

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. You’ll consider topics like the imprint of migration, ethnicity and class on urban landscapes, and the ways in which social life is changing in the UK.

From Year 2 you’ll be able to choose from modules exploring topics such as crimes against humanity, migration, gender, power and injustice, and visual culture. You’ll be supported to pursue a research area to match your interests and career goals in your final year. Students have recently investigated racist and sexist portrayals in modern Disney cartoons, and the impact of social networks on the experience of mental health.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff.


    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Fee (international)
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Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • local authorities
  • social housing
  • human resources
  • teaching
  • youth work
  • charity sector.

Industry links

Our Public Sociology module is conducted in a community setting – you’ll be able to develop a project based on the needs of community members and organisations, applying your sociology knowledge and skills in the service of the public.

Our students work with a number of local organisations on community projects, including:

  • local government
  • social housing organisations
  • Cheltenham Partnerships
  • children’s charities
  • the Independence Trust
  • agencies offering support to victims of crime
  • Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • restorative justice
  • Gloucester City Safe.

Study a highly ranked course

You’ll be joining a subject community with high levels of student satisfaction and high quality staff and lectures. Our sociology courses rank 6th in the UK for course satisfaction according to Guardian University Guide 2020.

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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.

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Sociology - Value Added - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Sociology courses rank in the UK top 15 % for value added, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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 like Belfast and Canada.


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 to complete 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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