Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Sociology is all about understanding how people engage and interact in groups, institutions and societies. The study of sociology covers everything from religion and social media, to family life and political revolution, providing you with knowledge and skills for a broad range of careers. In the 2016 National Student Survey, 100% of students said that Abertay's sociology staff were good at explaining things and enthusiastic about what they were teaching. You will receive a strong grounding in sociological theory and research methods, along with training in specialist data-analysis software. You will learn how to analyse complex issues, engage in critical thinking and communicate effectively to a variety of audiences - all valuable skills employers are looking for. In your final year, you can undertake a work placement, providing you with valuable industry experience and contacts.

Course details


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - SOC101 Contemporary Social Issues; SOC102 History and Social Change; SOC103 Sociology of Media. You will also be required to select two option modules and one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

You will learn through an array of teaching modes including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work. You will be assessed through a number of methods, including supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, trust-and-honour examinations and reflective analyses. A wide variety of assessments will be used to assess you throughout your degree, including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations, and a final year dissertation. Around a third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.

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 codeL3L0
Institution code A30
Campus nameAbertay Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BCC To include a literate subject For entry into Year 2 we would look for ABB to include Sociology or Politics or History
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Health and Social Care
Scottish Higher ABBB To include a literate subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points To include a literate subject at S5 or H4
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3 To include a literate subject
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Social Care - Graded Unit A Social Science - Graded Unit A Social Services - Graded Unit A Working with Communities - Graded Unit A Entry into Year 1 with an HNC in one of the following:- Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A Counselling - Graded Unit A Legal Services - Graded Unit A Police Studies - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 3 with HND Social Science - Graded Units AA Entry into Year 1 with an HND in one of the following:- Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A Counselling - Graded Unit A Legal Services - Graded Units AA
HNC (BTEC) D Entry into Year 1 with HNC (BTEC) Health & Social Care
HND (BTEC) D Entry into Year 2 with HND (BTEC) Health & Social Care

Applicants should have:- National 5/GCSE English at grade C/4 National 4 Maths or Lifeskill Maths (Pass) or National 5 numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at C GCSE Maths or numerate subject such as Science, Biology, Chemistry at grade C/4

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please be aware that the fees for EU and International are still to be confirmed.
Sociology at Abertay University - UCAS