Sociology and Psychology BA (Hons)

Sociology and Psychology BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L793; Short form: BA/SPych

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this course?

How does the individual mind interact with the social world? This flexible degree looks at how identities, thoughts and actions are shaped by technologies, institutions and interaction with others. Knowledge of the theories, methods and research of both disciplines will be explored, giving you a broad intellectual grounding in all aspects of human behaviour. You’ll engage with issues which affect you in your everyday life and will be equipped with different ways of investigating social life. Innovative optional modules across Years 1,2 and 3 allow you to tailor the degree to your own interests and the teaching you receive will be underpinned by research. Live research projects and field trips are a large part of this course so you’ll have plenty of chances to gain practical experience - and you can receive accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management. 

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 including 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

  • SO1116 Sociological ways of thinking
  • SO1114 Doing Social Research
  • PS1010 Methods and practice of psychological inquiry
  • PS1020 Introduction to developmental and social psychology
  • PS1030 Psychobiology and cognition
Plus either two of the following sociology options;
  • CI1501 Social construction of childhood
  • CJ1101 Crime and society
  • SO1004 Media and culture
  • SO1115 Youth, Identity and Difference
Or one of the above options plus either a free choice elective or:
  • VO1006 Volunteering and community action
  • VO1008 Peer led education outreach

Year 2

  • SO2214 Contemporary thinkers
  • SO2015 Innovative Research
  • PS2020 Social and developmental psychology
Plus one of the following psychology options:
  • PS2650 Applying psychology
  • PS2800 Forensic psychology
  • PS2350 Health psychology
Plus two of the following sociology options:
  • SO2103 Sociology of social movements
  • SO2002 Sociology of religion 
  • CJ2007 Understanding interpersonal violence
  • CI2008 Diversity and inclusive practice with adults and children
Or one of the above plus
  • VO2001 Mentoring in the community

Year 3

  • SO3990 Sociology dissertation (C)

Plus two of the following Psychology options:

  • PS3010 Violent and Sexual Offending
  • PS3050 Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • PS3060 Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology
  • PS3045 Psychology of Health Promotion

Plus three of the following Sociology options:

  • SO3004 Sexy bodies; sexuality and the body
  • SO3003 Understanding Security and Policing in the Twenty-First Century
  • SO3110 Sociology of Disability
  • SO3020 Sociology of childhood
  • CJ3007 Sex, violence and strategies
  • CJ3026 Crime and New Technologies

Further Information

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 our students:

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

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

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (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

Our engagement with employers and practitioners means that the curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge employers need. Our contacts include medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the Prison Service, police forces and local education authorities.

In order to give you an 'insider perspective', the sociology and psychology degree will offer a programme of guest speakers from within the groups and communities you will be studying. We have recently hosted guest speakers from the traveller community, a prison governor, the local Hindu community, a disability activist and an entire punk band, who discussed youth culture. We also have links with key academic thinkers, many of whom have come to talk at UCLan as guest speakers, including Professor Richard Dawkins and Beatrix Campbell OBE.

Learning Environment and Assessment

This degree has a wide range of assessments that are tailored towards transferable skills and employability and ensure that you can achieve your personal and professional best.

Assessment methods include: essays, exams, presentations, debates, reports, learning diaries and portfolios, and blogs.

You will have the opportunity to study in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist labs.


This course will provide many of the transferable skills employers are looking for. By having a degree in Sociology & Psychology, you are showing that you have an enquiring mind, analytical and communication skills. This degree will enable you to move into many careers including social work, teaching, local government, civil service, or research.

We offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.