Sociology with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus. Course Summary

  • Gain an understanding of deviance, order, protest, inequality, identity and religion.
  • Take on real-world projects with hospitals, the police, schools, councils, charities, and community associations.
  • Develop an expert approach to producing life-changing research in the future.
  • Tailor your course to your interests with elective modules, live projects and work placements.
  • Gain membership of the Social Research Association (SRA).
Human social behaviour and our society is becoming more diverse and intricate. Join us to delve into the challenges of privilege and disadvantage, investigate ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, disability, gender, and religion, and explore social movements for equality in a global context. By studying Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University you will learn, you will become independent, and you will build a career that affects the world around you. If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) courses – or if you’re not quite ready for studying at degree-level – we recommend you take our foundation course. You’ll share the foundation year with other Social Science students before moving onto your degree. How You Learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Our staff are experts in their fields – bringing their research-based knowledge to all the teaching and learning activities on the course. With their support you’ll develop confidence, champion diversity and make a difference in communities – all in a safe, green and affordable city. You’ll challenge your understanding of the social world through lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. You’ll also discover new knowledge and ideas through a variety of field trips, events and guest speakers arranged throughout the year. You’ll develop your skills by working with others in small groups, as well as by creating your own independent learning style. Key Themes From day one, you’ll learn how to research, gain independence, benefit from invaluable work placements, and become a confident, competent professional. You’ll explore core sociological knowledge and skills before progressing onto specialised interests and employability skills – working on live projects and putting your skills to the test in real-world situations. You will develop your knowledge and skills in a range of modules on topics such as Education, Health and Disability, Drugs, Crime and Society, and Gender, Sexuality, and Culture. Applied Learning On this industry-focused course, you’ll learn things you can apply to the real world. For example, previously our students have undertaken research with various charities. They have also worked collaboratively online with students from the University of Dallas. There are always opportunities outside of the classroom – we’ve even recently seen a level 4 student deliver a speech to the United Nations. Work Placements In the third year, many students opt to go on an eight-week work placement. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked on projects under the direction of a supervisor in workplaces such as hospitals, police service, schools, council departments and community associations. Alternatively, you can study abroad for 12 weeks at a university in Europe, Australia, USA or Canada.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Contemporary Issues In Social Science 1 Contemporary Issues In Social Science 2 Year 2 Compulsory modules Deviance, Order And Protest  Researching Society Sociology – The Big Issues The Sociological Imagination Year 3 Compulsory modules Applied Research Methods Inequality, Identity And Intersectionality Theorising Modernities Elective modules Sociology – Real-World Application Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Drugs, Crime And Society Education, Health And Disability Gender, Sexuality, And Culture Sociology Dissertation

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

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Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Sociology with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS