Sociology with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

This BA Sociology degree explores and analyses the most powerful aspects of our lives as social beings. Sociology is the study of social life and the social relations that give shape to the contemporary world. On this sociology degree we equip you with the ideas and concepts to analyse contemporary society and to confront and understand the most challenging and important social and ethical questions of our time, including inequalities, race, migration, human rights, violence, trauma and mental health. You will learn about:

  • different ways of examining social life, social relations and social change
  • theories about the relationship between social worlds, politics and power
  • social processes and their relationship to institutions, civil society and public life
  • sociological ways of understanding identity, experience and belonging.
This course encourages rigorous, critical thought and provides you with a wealth of analytical skills that can be easily transferred to other settings after your degree, particularly to enhance your career prospects. You can also follow your interests with option modules from a range of disciplines including politics, psychosocial studies, geography, history, philosophy and criminology, allowing you to take a rich, varied and interdisciplinary approach. Studying BA Sociology at Birkbeck gives you access to leading academics at the same time as training your independent thinking to confront the social realities of the contemporary period. This course also benefits from the expertise of our psychosocial studies team, exploring the connections between the psyche and the social world. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • Birkbeck's innovative, creative and interdisciplinary courses will help you become a competent, critical and responsible student of the social world and the psychological and social forces that shape individuals.
  • Follow your interests and choose to specialise in communication, geography, history, politics, psychosocial studies, social anthropology or social policy.
  • Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in local or national government, education, social work or research. Possible professions include:
  • charity officer
  • journalist
  • social researcher
  • further education lecturer.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods is used: essays, other written tasks (e.g. learning journals, policy briefs), presentations and end-of-module examinations.

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:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Student Outcomes

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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
International £17620 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Sociology with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS