Major in Sociology BA, 3 years

Start date:

2019

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of sociology with another subject.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
L301
Department
Sociology

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Course description

Course description

If you choose Sociology as your Major, you will study a mixture of theoretical and real-world modules that will provide a broad foundation in the subject, whilst providing the opportunity to focus on the key issues impacting on contemporary British society and beyond. You will receive a solid grounding in social research methods, and this will lead to a substantial research project in the final year. You will choose from a range of option modules in your second and third years of study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. All subjects accepted.  Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English at Grade C (4).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall with a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

You will regularly discuss career preferences with your personal tutors at each level of study, building up a profile of your optimum career pathways.

You can use your own work experience as a focus for your Third Year research project, providing a more reflexive approach to thinking about future careers.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will study a broad range of sociological topics, including education, the family, religion, health, crime and the media to name a few. You will receive an introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the subject more broadly. You will also examine the contemporary issues of living in a digital age, and how this is important to the twenty-first century sociologist. This will be followed by an investigation into how consumption is such a key factor in determining how we identify ourselves, and others, in both actual and virtual society.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will study how to conduct social research, and this will include the preparation of a research proposal. This journey into research includes a look at how and why we choose different types of methods to gather our data, alongside how we analyse it once gathered. You also get to choose from a range of option modules in your second year, choosing one in each semester.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

In your final year you will study two further option modules - one in each semester. You will also, with supervision, have the opportunity to put all of your newly found research expertise into practice by conducting your own research project on a topic of your choosing, subject to departmental and ethical approval.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Staff members regularly contribute to major national and international journals and have authored or edited nearly 50 books. Sociology Review, the key periodical for school and college sociology students, is also edited in the department.

We are proud to have happy students. We receive excellent student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey. We are particularly noted for the quality of our teaching and the support students receive from staff.

We have an active Sociology Society providing for students' needs - both social and academic. Some of the society's events are organised jointly with the Criminology and Psychology Societies.

Teaching and learning

Your teaching will consist of lectures and seminars. Additional time with teaching staff is also available and our lecturers and tutors have regular office hours for individual consultations. You are encouraged to meet regularly with staff to discuss your work and receive guidance and feedback.

During the remainder of your study time you are able to access our excellent learning resources provided by the Library and Sociology at Leicester. The majority of the resources for the course are now available online. As well as traditional written material, we provide a growing selection of multimedia resources to enrich your learning experience.

Assessment of each module normally takes place at the end of each semester. For each of your modules, you can expect to submit at least one piece of coursework and to sit one exam.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Major/Minor

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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