BA, 3 years

This is for you if... you want an excellent general grounding in sociology, covering theory and social research methods and with opportunities to choose your own specialist area for study.

Course Description

The BA in Sociology will provide you with a thorough grounding in research methods, theory and a variety of practical areas. Throughout your degree you’ll be getting to grips with contemporary and topical issues in society – areas where our academics are conducting research at the cutting-edge. You will develop transferable skills as well as more traditional academic competencies.

Flexibility underpins our degree structure, which means that you will get to shape your degree to suit your own interests and career aspirations. Whichever direction you choose, you will be taught by enthusiastic scholars who are keen to share their expertise with you.

We provide many opportunities for you to enhance your degree. Under expert and supportive supervision you can conduct your own chosen sociological research project. You will collect data in the field, analyse it and write it up. You can also choose to study abroad, a great way of broadening your horizons and experiencing a different academic climate.

We were one of the first sociology departments established in the UK, and we now have an international reputation, a wealth of experience in teaching and an enviable research pedigree. Particular areas of expertise in Sociology at Leicester include:

  • Education and society
  • Sport and deviance
  • Children and childhood
  • Identity, fashion and consumption
  • Migration and citizenship
  • The global sex trade and cosmetic surgery
  • Age and the life course
  • Happiness and well-being
Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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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 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.

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will gain a solid foundation in the principles of sociology through six core modules.


  • Society in Transformation
  • Sociology: A Beginners Guide
  • Power, Privilege and Diversity
  • Cybersociology
  • Thinking Sociologically about Crime
  • We are what we buy: Consumption, Self and Identity

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

You will gain more freedom to shape your degree and follow your interests in your second year when you get the opportunity to choose three option modules.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

Semester abroad (optional)

You will have the opportunity to spend one semester of your second year studying Sociology at one of our partner universities overseas. If you wish to study abroad, you should decide during your first year. Travel bursaries may be available for students who want to study the sociology of another country in the Easter or summer vacations.

European universities

American universities

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 carry out a supervised research project, conducting research in an area of your choice.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules 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.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

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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Teaching and Assessment


You will take three modules each semester. There are two lectures and one seminar for each module, making a minimum of nine hours' contact time per week. 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 three modules, you can expect to submit at least one piece of coursework and to sit one exam.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: English and Maths Grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including some at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points.
  • 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

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

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

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries List

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

Career Opportunities

The second year module, 'Sociology and the World of Work', will prepare you for life after University and show you how the theory of sociology is put into practice in the workplace.

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.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Sociology BA 3 years full-time L300 Apply Now
3 years full-time