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Course summary

  • Sociology achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • Explore the world with us on field trips to places such as the Houses of Parliament and Berlin
  • Graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world
  • Benefit from the input of our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe
  • The broad nature of this course prepares you for a range of careers
Sociology is a truly broad discipline. It encompasses everything that falls within the social realm, from family, class and ethnicity to deviance, sexuality and work roles. If you are intrigued by how and why people interact as they do, what brings them together and tears them apart and just where you fit into society, then a Sociology degree at Winchester will be an illuminating experience for you. The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the entry qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons and practical placements, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes. Over the course of years 1 (second year of study), 2 (third year of study) and 3 (fourh year of study), you examine a wide range of sociological issues, from the micro to the macro level. Modules range from health inequalities and diversity to religion, social policy, terrorism, and migration. They include global issues as well as domestic concerns. The programme is ideal if you have an inquiring mind, value the freedom to think and want to develop and enrich your sociological imagination. Studying sociology involves continuous interplay between matters of concern in society and concepts and theories of society. Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on the practical application of skills, and you are taught by engaging experts who are active researchers and passionate about their subjects. You can benefit from their specialist knowledge when they support you through a dissertation in Year 3 (fourth year of study). Additionally, external speakers and experts visit the University to share their learning and experience and there are study tours to places of interest such as the Houses of Parliament and Berlin.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of 1 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 1 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Unistats information

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14700 Year 1
International £14700 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
Sociology (with Foundation Year) at University of Winchester - UCAS