Sociology (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Our sociology courses rank 6th in the UK for course satisfaction according to Guardian University Guide 2020.

Our Sociology course focuses on the significant issues of the day and how they impact on everyday life. Examine inequality, crimes against humanity, terrorism, democracy, and citizenship and media representation. Work on live research projects and have the opportunity to explore international sociological issues in destinations such as Belfast and Canada. Graduate well-prepared to make a difference to people’s lives.

You’ll develop research skills through field visits in the UK and you have the opportunity to investigate topics in more depth on a field week to destinations such as Belfast and Canada. You can also gain academic credit and professional experience through an internship in preparation for your career. Organisations our students have worked with include Turning Point, Cheltenham Borough Council, neighbourhood groups, social housing organisations, schools and a children’s centre, to complete projects that support stronger communities.  Our Public Sociology module is conducted in a community setting and you will develop a project based on the needs of community members and organisations, applying your sociology knowledge and skills  in the service of the public.

In your first year 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 will consider topics such as the imprint of migration, ethnicity and class on urban landscapes, and the ways in which social life is changing in the UK.

From your second year 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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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules like 'Sociology in the Real World'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

104 tariff points

Typical offers

BCC at A levels, BTEC DMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeL300


  • Local authorities
  • Social housing
  • Human resources
  • Teaching
  • Youth work
  • Charity sector

Industry links

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, and Gloucester City Safe.

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Louise Livesey

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

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Get inspired on national and international field trips

Alongside a UK-based residential field trip at the end of your first year you’ll have opportunities to investigate sociological issues in locations such as Canada and Northern Ireland.

Make a difference during your degree

There are plenty of opportunities for you to gain academic credit by using your sociological skills in the service of your community.  First year students have been helping to evaluate a community safety scheme in Gloucester, and second year students can contribute to public wellbeing by working on a project determined by the priorities of community members and organisations.

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Undertake an internship to gain skills for work

You can choose to complete an internship to gain insights into your career options and experience for your CV. 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.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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