BA (Hons) Sociology

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.

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, feminism, popular culture, sport, education, work, 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.

There is no mandatory work placement on this degree, however you have opportunities to engage in social science research from your first year. In addition we have close relationships with volunteer services that could lead to paid internships and more permanent roles.

Social science degrees encourage skills of analysis, interpretation and communication, which employers need.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • The sociology course has a broad curriculum with a range of core modules covering contemporary issues and topics.
  • Our experienced lecturers provide a supportive learning environment with high quality teaching and feedback.
  • You get opportunities to participate and lead on social science research which is a valuable employability skill.
  • Students will experience the annual Social Science Conference before you get the opportunity to present in your final year.

80 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • The Sociological Imagination (30 credits)
  • Inequality and Class (15 credits)
  • Comparing Social Lives (15 credits)
  • Political Ideologies and Social Controversies (15 credits)
  • Making Sense of Gender (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Globalisation (15 credits)
  • Plus 15 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Social Theory (15 credits)
  • Knowledge and Belief (15 credits)
  • Social Divisions (30 credits)
  • Research Design and Project Preparation (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Education (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Work and Organisational Life (15 credits)
  • Plus 15 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • Feminist Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Sexuality and Social Control (15 credits)
  • Nature and Society (15 credits)
  • Plus 15 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway

If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Written examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

A recent study of social science graduates revealed 58 different potential career paths. Our students have entered a range of professions including market research, charity research, education, health and government roles. Many of our students go on to further study, including master’s courses in Psychology, Positive Psychology, Applied Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Counselling, International Relations, Sociology and New Media and Society.

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Sociology degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since August 2012 as a lecturer of sociology and politics for modules on the Sociology, Psychosocial Studies, Criminology and Public Services courses.

I have a keen interest in improving pedagogic practice and effective teaching methods. I consistently look to embed innovation into my lectures as a means to facilitate understanding and application. My research interests include media, education, work, class and politics. Research I have conducted includes exploring the value of peer-support and collaboration among mature students and a feminist analyses of dystopian novels.

I’ve worked for a number of years in business and marketing, so the application of sociology in the kind of environments I have worked in is really interesting. I spend a lot of free time reading and I love gadgets so continually look for ways in which technology can be used in teaching. I am also chair of the local humanist group.


  • MA New Media and Society, University of Leicester (currently studying)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and English Literature, University Centre Peterborough
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Peterborough Regional College

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

6 years part-time 
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.


BA (Hons) Sociology

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