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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L300; Short form: BA/SOC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

How does society work? What makes one society different from another? Develop the ability to critically reflect on, discuss and write about topical social issues from a local, national and international perspective on this fascinating, relevant degree. You’ll develop an understanding of key sociological theorists and important sociological issues - and the emphasis on studying these in an international context will be particular useful if you plan to study or work overseas. You’ll graduate with a real understanding of world issues - vital for graduates, wherever you choose to work.

2016 National Student Survey

Sociology courses at UCLan were rated top 10 in the UK for personal development by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Entry Requirements 2016/17

260 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5 
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points
International Baccalaureate 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE 5 at grade C inc Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Sociological ways of thinking 
  • Doing social research

Optional Modules:

  • Media and culture
  • Youth, Identity and Difference
  • Childhood inequalities
  • Crime and Society
  • Communities, cultures, and identities
  • Education for everyone?
  • State and Society; Europe 1815-1914
  • Volunteering and community action
  • Peer led outreach education
  • Elective (such as a Language)

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Contemporary Thinkers 
  • Innovative Research

Optional Modules:

  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence
  • Sociology of Religion
  • The Sociology of Social Movements
  • Sociology and Education
  • Diversity and inclusion in Education
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Perceptions of crime and punishment in England 1700-1900
  • Community history project
  • Philosophy of science and social theory
  • Mentoring in the community

Year 3

Core Modules:

  • Dissertation in Sociology

Optional Modules:

  • Sexy bodies; sexuality and the body
  • Sociology of Disability
  • Sociology of childhood
  • Suspect populations and insecure spaces
  • Sex, Violence and Strategies
  • Human Trafficking and ‘Modern Day’ Slavery
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Thatcher’s Britain 1979-1990
  • Public space in the city: a social and cultural history c.1850-1910

Further Information

The BA (Hons) Sociology degree is a vibrant and unique programme which offers a range of popular optional streams through the ‘big’ traditional degree discipline of Sociology. You can follow some of your favourite themes of Childhood, Criminology, Religion and Gender and Sexuality, engage in live research projects, go into the social settings they are studying as volunteers as part of their course, and benefit from student-led conferences and other course events.

Sociology is relevant to a wide range of careers in the public and private sector. After the first year foundation modules, which provide an introduction to the subject, the programme offers a range of opinions and adopted modules which, together with academic advice and support, encourages you to develop your own interests and approaches to the subject.

You will develop the ability to critically reflect on, discuss and write about topical social issues from a local, national and international perspective. You will learn a range of theoretical perspectives that can be applied to the ‘lived experience’ of living in contemporary societies. You will also have the flexibility to tailor your degree programme to meet your particular interests. Options include the sociology of religion, the sociology of gender, the sociology of childhood and crime and society. The degree covers a range of topical social issues and you learn about social injustices and social inequalities, culture and identity and resistance and rebellion in Britain, Europe and from a global perspective.


The diverse range of relevant everyday issues we hit is quite fascinating and stimulating, and is something that I found trying to implement straight away after leaving the classroom. This together with the different personalities that deliver such lectures, helps engage you as a student of the topic rather than feeling like you’re being taught old, archaic formulas and processes which have no relevance and substance to your true inner self/ideologies. I’d strongly recommend studying such a degree to anyone which will give you a different perception of the world in which we take for granted every day.

Haroon Jamil


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will support you to achieve improved employment outcomes. Within each programme of study, there are embedded employability skills within a number of modules to enhance and promote employability skills and graduate attributes.

We will provide you with the opportunity to meet, communicate and network with a wide range of professional associates, from multi-disciplinary settings, who can provide first-hand experience and knowledge of the key skills required to be successful in your career destination.

In addition to classroom learning we will encourage you to participate in ‘real world’ learning. We offer volunteering opportunities through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL).


During my three year course studying sociology at UCLan, I have had the pleasure of learning about a variety of topics. It has amazed me how key sociological theories can apply to such a wide range of current societal areas. It is this versatility of the subject that has helped me to truly enjoy my UCLan degree.

Elisabeth Young


The first year of the sociology programme will enable you to develop an understanding of key sociological theorists and important sociological issues. This will set out the ‘building blocks’ of the degree which will then enable you to focus on which of the sociology ‘streams’ you would like to investigate further. 

The module 'Sociological Ways of Thinking’ introduces you to issues of social change and social transformation through pre-modern, modern and post-modern societies. You will develop knowledge of the 'founding fathers' of sociology and will move onto explore more contemporary social theorists and apply these to 'real life' case studies such as changes to the family, migration and globalisation.

You will be introduced to important sociological research methods in the module ‘Doing Social Research’ and will have the opportunity to select modules covering issues pertaining to young people, in ‘Youth, Identity and Difference’ and ideas surrounding the media and constructions of crime in ‘Media and Culture’.

In the second and third year of your degree you are presented with a range of optional modules that cover topics such as childhood inequalities, the politics of sexuality and gender, policing and surveillance, the sociology of religion, culture and identity and social movements.

In Year 2 of the course you will take the modules 'Contemporary Thinkers' and 'Doing Social Research'. 'Contemporary Thinkers' explores contemporary sociological theories including post-modern and post-structural approaches to the social world. We investigate how these theories help to develop our understanding of changes to our global social world. 

All sociology staff are research active and our teaching is research informed. Our specialisms encompass a wide range of areas including the sociology of gender, sexualities, the sociology of religion, terrorism, policing and surveillance, the sociology of childhood and the sociology of social movements.

‘Innovative Research' introduces students to a wide range of research techniques that have been used by sociologists to investigate the social world. You will develop the ability to critically analyse these techniques and develop you own standpoint on which research methods you feel work best in different social situations. 

Optional modules at Year 2 include 'The Sociology of Religion', 'The Sociology of Social Movements', 'Childhood Inequalities' and 'Understanding interpersonal violence'.

In Year 3 of the course you will undertake the sociology dissertation.  Optional modules include 'The Sociology of Childhood', '‘Suspect’ Populations',, ' Sex, Violence and Strategies', , The Sociology of Disability’  'Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body' and 'Religion, Resistance & Rebellion.

In addition to sociology modules students on the programme have an opportunity to study university electives which can any module that they are interested in (politics, criminology, religion, culture and society for example).

You will have the opportunity to learn about research throughout your three years of study with us. You learn how social scientists investigate and research the social world, including research methods and research issues. You will have the flexibility to develop your own research interests which will be reflected in your final year dissertation. The dissertation topic is chosen by students and past dissertations have examined issues as varied and topical as the family in contemporary British society, human trafficking, perceptions of mental illness within the Asian community, gender violence, football hooliganism, ethnicity and identity, sexual identity, the impact of social networking on society and special school education. 

We also organise field trips throughout the year. Recent fieldtrips have included a trip to the National Media Museum in Bradford, a trip to the People’s History Museum in Manchester and some of our students have travelled further afield to Auschwitz to learn about the concentration camps. The cultural learning experience of field trips is invaluable and we also promote the importance of group bonding and community for our students. Sociology students have a strong sense of identity and community at UCLan and enjoy the trips as they are presented with an opportunity to socialise with each other and staff outside of the classroom.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The School has developed employability and community links within the North West of England and the UK as a whole. This ensures that students have the opportunity to engage with employers, community groups, professionals and practitioners from ground-breaking organisations to develop their academic portfolio and pathway into to the world of work.

The school has developed and nurtured working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as the National Health Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Social-Enterprise Entrepreneurs, Armed Services, Criminal Justice system, multi-faith communities, non-government organisations, third sector providers, primary, secondary and further education, local councils, social services, the Probation Trust and equality and diversity practitioners. Examples include people from the Lancashire Constabulary, Merseycare, Stepping Stones, Recycling Lives. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

The sociology degree has a wide range of assessments that are tailored towards transferable skills and employability and ensure that students can achieve their personal and professional best.

Staff are all experts in their particular areas of academic study, active researchers and writers and contributors to national evaluations of research and to discussion and debates in the policy and public sphere and in the media.

As a team we are very student centred and engage with the teaching and learning process from a holistic position, focusing on both the academic and personal development of our students. All our students are assigned a personal tutor and if they have any concerns, issues or queries they have a key person that they can consult at any stage during their time with us.

Assessment methods include: Essays, Presentations, Debates, Reports, Learning Diaries and Portfolios, and Blogs.

Studying sociology at UCLan has been an incredibly interesting and intellectually captivating experience that has given me the ability to critically assess the world that we live in. I have really enjoyed the way lectures and seminars within sociology at UCLan have been very much interactive; every student contributes and engages in class debates, giving a great insight into understanding a variety of standpoints.

Jennifer Parr


Many of our sociology graduates go onto postgraduate study including teacher training, Masters level study and doctorate research. The degree develops graduate employability skills enabling our students to go into areas such as education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector, community development work, probation officers, social researchers, social work and journalism. Indeed the British Sociological Association (BSA) declares that 'a very wide range of employers see a sociology degree as highly relevant'.

If you wish to continue to postgraduate study at UCLan, we offer the following postgraduate taught programmes:

Some recent Sociology graduates have also gone on to study an MA by Research or further research degrees (MPhil/PhD).

International Opportunities

Employability and career development is fully supported throughout the programme and opportunities exist to learn a language through Worldwise to support the international dimension of the programme and international career opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities. The exchange network is worldwide and includes countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, USA, and most European countries. Exchange studies range from three months to one year, and must be taken in your second year at UCLan.

There are four types of international exchange opportunities open to sociology students:

  • The ERASMUS Programme
  • The World Wide Exchange Programme
  • The International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP)
  • The Maastricht Programme

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