University Centre Peterborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Anglia Ruskin University

BA (Hons) Sociology

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Course summary

If you are someone who is deeply curious about the world around you, and perhaps wants to explore ways to solve the important problems faced by society, then you might already be a sociologist. Sociology asks the big questions, for example those about racism, sexism, social class, culture, politics and the media. It objectively examines how societies change and what prompts these shifts. It also looks into various aspects of our lives: our work, our education, our relationships, our identities, in addition to the media we consume and the things we buy. Sociologists are also increasingly interested in the internet and the role it has in our lives: why are we addicted to our mobile phones, why do we post things on social media and what does the future hold when we have all this knowledge in our pockets? Ultimately, we want to identify solutions to the problems faced by society and then work towards changing the world for the better. Sociology is critical, engaging, interesting and, more often than not, fun. At University Centre Peterborough you will be introduced to the core concepts that shape the discipline and the key tools with which to undertake social analysis and research. You will ponder all these big sociological questions while developing as a social scientist who is capable of formulating research questions and investigating them on your own. This research will help you gain an insight into the city and the wider region - the problems and challenges it faces and the ingenuity and energy with which it meets these. Finally you will hone in on your future career path testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to undertake live research projects with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a significant difference to people’s lives. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real world experiences which will enable you to progress onto your desired career. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Course details


You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Year one for full-time students (Level 4) Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Foundations in Sociological Theory (15 credits) Capitalism, Class and Inequality (15 credits) Deviance and Society (15 credits) Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits) The Ethnographic Turn (15 credits) Globalisation and its Effects (15 credits) Year two for full-time students (Level 5) Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits) Sociological Perspectives: Education (15 credits) Intersectional Studies (15 credits) Sociological Perspectives: Work (15 credits) The Body in Society (15 credits) Plus 15 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway Final year for full-time students (Level 6) Research Project / Dissertation (30 credits) Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits) Exploring Feminist Thought (15 credits) Society Beyond Nature (15 credits) Plus 45 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered. A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time

Assessment method

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods: Year one for full-time students (Level 4) •90% Coursework •10% Practical Exams Year two for full-time students (Level 5) •90% Coursework •10% Practical Exams Final year for full-time students (Level 6) •80% Coursework •20% Practical Exams We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance. A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned. Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6. 70%+ First 60-69% 2:1 50-59% 2:2 40-49% Third

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeL300
Institution code P56
Campus nameUniversity Centre Peterborough
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Unfortunately, UCP are unable to recruit International Students

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points A levels required; 2 A levels in related subjects. BTEC/Access required; A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required; 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. Please note AS levels are acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each element

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
BA (Hons) Sociology at University Centre Peterborough - UCAS