Sociology (with Foundation Year) at University of Winchester - UCAS

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Course summary

  • Set yourself up to flourish in your degree and beyond with our Foundation Year
  • Sociology achieved more than 95% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2020 National Student Survey
  • Benefit from interactive and engaging teaching, delivered by experienced lecturers
  • Gain valuable real-world experience through our volunteering and teaching modules
  • Graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands key issues relating to identity, equality, and diversity.
Sociology is an exciting and vibrant subject that explores the social issues impacting our fast-moving world. Whether it’s tackling topics like gender and sexuality, crime, or inequalities, Sociology’s focus on people and cultures is key to understanding the challenges and opportunities of our current landscape. As a discipline, sociology encompasses everything that falls within the social realm, from the family, class, and ethnicity, to work, religion, and politics. Sociologists are always asking new questions and as a student at Winchester you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to answer them with confidence. A Foundation Year is the perfect way to boost your academic skills, build your confidence and develop your wider subject knowledge so you can succeed at Winchester. This course offers an extra year of study at the start (Year 0) which leads onto a full degree programme (Years 1, 2 and 3). A Foundation Year is ideal if you are returning to education after a break; haven’t quite achieved the entry qualifications required; are wanting more support during the transition to studying at university; or are unsure about which subject you wish to pursue. In Year 0, you will study a set of modules from across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which are designed to develop your academic and practical skills. This broader focus in your first year introduces you to studying at university level and provides you with a better understanding of Philosophy and related subjects. You will experience a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussion-based seminars and independent study. You will also receive support to boost your academic skills to prepare you for the rest of your time at Winchester. Find out more and hear from our Foundation Year students at As a sociologist you’ll quickly develop important skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking. Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on employability and the practical application of skills, opening up a wide range of people-focused careers in areas such as teaching, marketing, criminal justice, and human resources. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionate about their subjects, through a range of interactive and practical methods. We invite external speakers and professionals to share their expertise with you in classes, and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake work experience and volunteering for credit.

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.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16700 Year 1
International £16700 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