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The BA Sociology degree at Aberystwyth University will train you to develop a critical awareness of and engagement with the social world. By studying this course, you will develop a thorough grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches that have been employed by sociologists to study the world around us. You will also develop your ability to analyse social phenomena through training in the collection, analysis and presentation of sociological data.
Some of the distinctive aspects of Aberystwyth’s approach to Sociology include:
Emphasising the value and significance of a field-based approach to Sociology, with field exercises being integrated into lecture modules, and a dedicated Field-Based Sociology module in year 2;
Integrating more applied perspectives into the teaching that we undertake on key themes and concepts in Sociology to demonstrate its real-world significance (and, in doing so, help with the employability of our Sociology graduates);
- Drawing on our research strengths and to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social world.
During your first year of your course, you will be introduced to the main concepts, themes and perspectives of Sociology which include:
Key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been and are developing within Sociology;
The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures;
Social Diversity and inequalities;
The role of culturally organised processes in life;
Processes underpinning social change;
The distinctive character of Sociology in relation to other forms of understanding, such as its relation to other disciplines and to everyday explanations;
- The relationship between analysis of evidence and sociological arguments.
During your second and third year, the teaching will consider:
Core knowledge and understanding modules to develop your capacities relating to your first year modules;
A range of qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources, research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis;
The importance of ethical issues in all forms of sociological data collection, analysis and argumentation;
- Practical classes and fieldwork exercises.
During the duration of this course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork. Your assessments will depend on the modules that you select, however you may be assessed through the following:
The study of Sociology provides a solid foundation for you to consider a wide range of careers including the media, social work, international development, community engagement, and the civil service to name a few. Nowadays, employers are seeking graduates who possess various skills which include the ability to think analytically and laterally. The BA in Sociology degree provides you with a breadth and flexibility of skills which is why Sociology graduates nationally are attractive to employers.
Sociology graduates have progressed on to:
Criminology, the Police Force;
Health and Social Care;
Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector);
How to apply
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!
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||With B in a social science or humanities subject such as Sociology, Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Welsh; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Modern Languages Health and Social Care.|
|A level||BBC||With B in a social science or humanities subject such as Sociology, Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Welsh; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Modern Languages Health and Social Care.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM - DDM||With a relevant specified subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||With 5 points in a relevant specified subject.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Clearing contact details
0800 121 40 80
Course contact details
Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622606
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622659
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)