BA (Hons) Sociology

Course overview

Sociology explores the social worlds in which humans live. It examines how these worlds have come about, their striking features and their possible futures. Sociology encourages us to look beneath the surface of what we take most for granted about life and gives us new ways of making sense of human existence.

Study sociology and you will learn new and exciting information about the way in which humans live. But more than this, you will gain understanding and insight into why people live, work and interact in the ways they do.

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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BA (Hons) Sociology

This degree is designed to provide you with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of sociology. It offers a stimulating and challenging exposure to a diversity of specialist areas, which reflect changing emphases and developments within sociology. You will gain solid foundations in core elements of sociology, philosophy and politics, but you will also develop your knowledge of specialist interests such as crime and deviance, gender relations, race and racism and social theory.

Sociology encourages you to become an independent and creative thinker, with important critical and analytical skills to challenge 'common sense' assumptions. You can also enhance practical skills relevant to the various vocational paths that lead out from this subject.


The Higher Education Statistics Agency states that Social Science graduates have ‘the best job prospects’.

In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, many of our Social Science academics were highly rated for their research work on a number of projects as well as participating in the Justice and Communities Research Unit and the Cultures of Digital Economies Research Centre.

Module guide

Year one core modules 

  • Political Ideological and Social Controversies
  • Sociology of Globalisation
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Inequality and Class
  • Comparing Social Lives

Year two core modules

  • Individual and Society
  • Knowledge and Belief
  • Social Divisions
  • Theories of Deviance and Crime
  • Sociology of Education
  • Social Research Methods

Year three core modules 

  • Feminist Theory and Practice
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity
  • Popular Culture
  • Sport and Globalisation
  • Undergraduate Major Project


Assessment is via a mix of examinations, essays, class tests, individual and group presentations, portfolios and an undergraduate dissertation.

Special Features

Special Features include: 

  • Gain extensive skills in social science research
  • A mentoring scheme and tailored tutorials that support your studies
  • Opportunity to conduct real life social experiments

Associated careers

The intellectual disciplines delivered in this course are valued by employers in a wide range of sectors. The media and the Civil Service have traditionally been two of the major employers of sociology graduates, but the range of fields graduates are now entering includes financial services, human resource management, education and general business management. 

Entry requirements

80 UCAS tariff points. 

A levels required;
2 A levels in related subjects. 

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. 

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. Please note AS levels are acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.

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