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Course summary

Discover what makes society tick, what the glue that holds it together is and the threats that could rip it apart; sociology is rapidly becoming more relevant in our contemporary world. Why study BA (Hons) Sociology at BU?

  • This robustly academic social science course integrates global perspectives, providing a broader outlook and understanding of issues in society
  • Develop a versatile skillset - this degree will prepare you for a wide variety of careers thanks to the analytical and communication skills you’ll acquire throughout your course
  • Choose from either a 30-week ‘sandwich’ placement, or a shorter four-week placement – which could give you a professional skillset and crucial contacts as well as potentially making you more employable
  • Develop your own piece of research based on a topic that interests you, or aligns itself with your future career or study plans, in your final year dissertation
  • Learn from expert social scientists in fields including society and social formation, social anthropology, criminology, cultural diversity and social welfare.
  • We're proud that 100% of graduates felt academic staff on this course were good at explaining things.
Sociology is rapidly becoming more relevant in our contemporary world and as a result, the number and range of possible job opportunities have escalated. Develop skills suitable for a range of job opportunities in culture, media, teaching, research, human resources, and public and business services.

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to Social Theory; Introduction to Social Research; Families & Kinship in Contemporary Society; Understanding Communities; Social Inequality & Exclusion; Histories of Social Policy and Social Welfare


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published tariff. Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, please submit your deferral request through our website. Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please visit our RPL webpage for more information. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
93%
Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
100%
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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 £17800 Year 1
International £17800 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £1,850. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.
Sociology at Bournemouth University - UCAS