Sociology BA, 3 years

Start date:

2019

Sociology is the study of humans in society. It sounds broad because it is, but it will take you into the most fascinating areas of social existence, all around the globe and across every aspect of modern life.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
L300
Department
Sociology

Admissions enquiries
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Course description

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:

  • 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

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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 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.

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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

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

Related courses

Related courses

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.

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

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 one option module from:

Then choose two 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 one option module from:

Then choose two 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.

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.

Sociology at Leicester

Whether in a group study room or a quiet zone, Amy found the Library facilities invaluable.

Teaching and learning

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.

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 degrees

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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