Sociology BA (Hons)

Studying sociology will give a critical understanding of the ways that people live their lives in a range of societies from around the world. Sociologists study the ways that individuals live their lives and how these are structured by social forces and interactions with others; Sociology not only offers good future career options, it also presents an opportunity to undertake rigorous academic study of issues related to identity, power, social difference and possibilities for societal change. 

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

Studying BA (Hons) Sociology at York St John University will give you the opportunity to explore and address issues that are relevant to your life in a global society. Although we are all individual we live, work and play in social groups and the social world does much to shape who we are. In addition, the social world is constantly changing and it is this which makes sociology such an exciting and interesting discipline to study. Sociology is a discipline that will change the way you look at the world and the way in which you understand your life. It provides an excellent base for a wide range of careers because of the way that it develops critical thinking and equips you to be evaluative. Sociology is a discipline that gives you the ability to see the bigger picture. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you need any advice. I look forward to welcoming you to York St John University.

Dr Rob Creasy - Subject Director, Social Studies

Course structure


Exploring the relationships between differing groups is a central component of sociological investigations. Sociology presents an opportunity to study issues related to identity, power, social difference and possibilities for societal change.

The programme aims to provide students with a rigorous academic study that explores a range of sociological issues. It also allows students to develop skills that will enable them to access progression routes into a wide range of careers related to working with people including teaching, social work, training, youth work, work with vulnerable groups and research.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to Sociological Thought
  • Social Inequalities: Classic Debates
  • Ideology, Discourse & Identity
  • Schools & Social Reproduction
  • The Sociology of Deviance

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Contemporary Developments in Sociological Thought
  • Designing Sociological Investigations
  • Social Inequalities: Contemporary Debates
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • Violence & Reconciliation

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Gender & Domestic Abuse
  • Gender, Sexualities & Media Representations
  • Sociology of Murder
  • Youth & Resistance

Teaching & Assessment

You will experience a range of teaching styles and settings and a variety of approaches to learning. Classes will generally involve tutor-led input interspersed with student activities. Activities may include small group work, discussions, guided reading and library-based research leading to feedback alongside seminars (small groups of students with a tutor) and tutorials (one-to-one meetings with a tutor). In addition, there is a major emphasis on independent study outside of formal teaching sessions. This ‘supported open learning’ (SOL) will include directed reading tasks, student-based project work, engaging with the online virtual learning environment (VLE) and the Learning Centre and encouragement to attend guest lectures and research seminars. The range of resources is designed to enable you to work collaboratively and build your knowledge beyond guided reading. Sociology is such a rich and varied discipline that you must be able and willing to explore the depth of knowledge and experience at your disposal.

Year 1 has the most contact time to ensure that you have a sound grounding in the subject area in key modules, this is reduced in Levels 2 and 3 in order to develop your autonomy, whilst still providing a supportive environment. At Level 3, you will be expected to engage in critical enquiry-based learning to develop your individual autonomous reasoning, analytical and research skills to a high standard.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, wider reading and a personal interest in the field of Sociology.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Completing volunteer work
  • Subscribing/reading relevant journals/magazines
  • Doing further relevant study
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Evidencing transferrable skills e.g. team work, independence, initiative

Candidates should use the personal statement to talk about what they have learnt from their experiences and how this will support their studies. Tell us why you have chosen to study Sociology what you want to get from taking this course. Use it to reveal what interests you.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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