The BA Sociology with integrated in industry degree at Aberystwyth University will train you to develop a critical awareness of and engagement with the social world. By studying this course, you will develop a thorough grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches that have been employed by sociologists to study the world around us. You will also develop your ability to analyse social phenomena through training in the collection, analysis and presentation of sociological data. You will undertake your year industry in-between your second and final year of study. Your year in industry placement selection may be paid or unpaid, however our team in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Careers Services will be available to provide any form of support during the search process. Some of the distinctive aspects of Aberystwyth’s approach to Sociology include:
- Emphasising the value and significance of a field-based approach to Sociology, with field exercises being integrated into lecture modules, and a dedicated Field-Based Sociology module in year 2;
- Integrating more applied perspectives into the teaching that we undertake on key themes and concepts in Sociology to demonstrate its real-world significance (and, in doing so, help with the employability of our Sociology graduates);
- Drawing on our research strengths and to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social world.
- Key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been and are developing within Sociology;
- The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures;
- Social Diversity and inequalities;
- The role of culturally organised processes in life;
- Processes underpinning social change;
- The distinctive character of Sociology in relation to other forms of understanding, such as its relation to other disciplines and to everyday explanations;
- The relationship between analysis of evidence and sociological arguments.
- Core knowledge and understanding modules to develop your capacities relating to your first year modules;
- A range of qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources, research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis;
- The importance of ethical issues in all forms of sociological data collection, analysis and argumentation;
- Practical classes and fieldwork exercises.
- Practical classes;
- Criminology, the Police Force;
- Health and Social Care;
- Social Work;
- Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector);
- Public Relations;
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55||With minimum score of 51 in any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.