University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sociology with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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BA (Hons) Sociology with Foundation Year This degree offers you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. Why choose this course? Social inequality, race and ethnicity, politics and culture, the nature of evil, the cult of celebrity – you’ll delve into fascinating topics as you explore where the modern world is going. BA (Hons) Sociology encourages you to embrace new ideas and to think critically and ethically. Sociology at Derby received 96% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019. Is this course for you? Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you. Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year. How you will learn We’ve structured BA (Hons) Sociology around four key avenues – crime and justice; culture and belief; politics and social justice; and young people and education – which you can combine to match your interests and ambitions. You’ll develop advanced data collection and research skills and will learn through lectures, seminars, multimedia presentations, online collaboration, guest speakers and debates. Opportunities and experiences There is the chance to boost your employability through work placements and fieldwork. You could also broaden your outlook with an exchange to Charles University in Prague. Careers and employability BA (Hons) Sociology develops your resourcefulness, versatility and career scope. Our graduates are now excelling as social workers, probation officers, teachers, civil servants, social researchers, counsellors, charity workers and community officers.

Course details


How to apply

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 codeL301
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points We encourage you to outline all your qualifications and achievements in your application to provide us a full picture. Your offer will typically be based on your predicted and/or achieved grades from full level 3 qualifications or above e.g. A levels, BTEC Ext Diploma, Access to HE, etc. Any subject specifics are outlined below in the Further Information section, and these specifics are applicable across all equivalent qualifications. A strong application/performance and appropriate experience will be taken into account where typical criteria is not met.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sociology with Foundation Year at University of Derby - UCAS