Sociology BA (Hons)

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Sociology at UCLan is 3rd in the North West for teaching quality and assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • We organise field trips throughout the year to destinations such as Bradford’s National Media Museum and some of our students have travelled to Auschwitz.
  • You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe and in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada and China.
  • The School has developed employability and community links so that you can engage with employers and practitioners to develop your pathway into work.

Course Overview

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:

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Health
  • Home in a Changing World: Issues and Questions of Home
  • Sociology of Social Movements
  • Sociology and Education Diversity and inclusion in Education
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Twentieth Century Britain
  • Public history in practice
  • Community History Project Globalisation; History, Theory and Approaches
  • Work Placement Module
  • Religion in a Global Village
  • Faith, Disability and Inequality
  • Cults, New Age and NRMs
  • Mentoring in the Community
  • Level 2 elective (such as a language)


Year 3

Core Modules:

  • Dissertation in Sociology

Optional Modules:

  • Sexy bodies: Sexuality and the Body
  • Violent Times? Violence, Conflict and Culture
  • Global Social Divisions
  • Sociology of Disability
  • Culture of Violence: Gendered Violence in Society
  • The Sociology of Childhood
  • Crime and New Technologies
  • Human Trafficking and ‘Modern Day’ Slavery
  • Religion, Media and Culture
  • Faith, Technology and Globalisation
  • Popular Music on Screen
  • Thatcher’s Britain 1979-1990 Education, Society and Culture in England, 1790-1914


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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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 Law 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

You will 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 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.

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 include 'The Sociology of Religion', 'The Sociology of Social Movements', 'Childhood Inequalities' and 'Understanding interpersonal violence'.

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 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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.


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Our 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.

Exciting Opportunities

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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Joshua Samuels-Hylton

Joshua Samuels-Hylton

BA (Hons) Sociology (2012), MA Religion, Culture and Society (2013)

UCLan MA Religion, Culture and Society graduate, Joshua Samuels-Hylton, has succeeded in the education sector to become a Personal Tutor at further education provider, Pendleton Sixth Form College.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.