Sociology BA (Hons)

How does society work? What makes one society different from another? At UCLan, you’ll be encouraged to look beyond the everyday to understand contemporary society and how it shapes our lives. You will develop expertise in research and analysis and examine topical social issues from a local, national and international perspective. By joining us, 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
  • The Social Construction of Childhood
  • Communities, Cultures, and Identities
  • Education for Everyone?
  • Crime and Justice in Society
  • Reading the Media
  • State and Society: Europe c1815-1914
  • Religion, Society and the State
  • Power, Politics and the State Volunteering and Community
  • 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.

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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

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Further Information


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

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, which makes the degree relevant to a wide range of careers in the public and private sector. 

After the first year introductory modules, 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. You will also engage in live research projects, have the opportunity to go into the social settings you are studying as volunteers, and benefit from student-led conferences and other course events.

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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).


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. 

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Field trips will be organised 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.

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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.

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.


Many of our sociology graduates go onto postgraduate study by completing a Masters by Research or further research degrees (MPhil/PhD) with us.

"The highlight of studying for an MA by Research in Sociology has undoubtedly been the support and knowledge of my supervisors, Dr. Megan Todd and Dr. Caroline Blunt; their encouragement and academic guidance at every stage has ensured I have both the skills and confidence in my ability to go forwards in the next stage of my journey towards gaining a PhD at UCLan."  - Victoria Michelle Yates, MA by Research in Sociology student

The undergraduate 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'.


The sociology degree has the option of a work placement module, so students can gain a practical insight into working in an area of their choosing. We make the most of our many charity and 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.


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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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.