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Undergraduate course

Sociology BA (Hons)

Explore your social identities and how they relate to the diverse and rapidly changing world that we operate in.

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The programme employs an eclectic approach to our understanding of how individuals interact with society. You will learn how previous social divisions based on class, gender and ethnicity are being replaced by new ones such as age, geography, disability and sexuality and how these factors shape society.

100% of students state that staff have made the subject interesting. (National Student Survey, 2019)

  • UCAS Code – 8K9S
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Students will explore their own social identity and consider their experience the social world through topics that may include Youth and Resistance, Sociology of Murder, Families and the State and The Sociology of Work. There are ample opportunities for students to pursue their own interests, contribute to sociological debates and develop knowledge in a way that is relevant to their goals. Students develop a sound understanding of various theoretical perspectives and are trained in the qualitative and quantitative research methods used by sociologists and others working in social science occupations.

We will work with you to develop a critical knowledge of the relationship between theory and empiricism and help you to initiate, design, plan and execute research that supports your personal interests. There is an emphasis on the development of reasoned thought and action as well as transferable critical thinking skills.

Graduates find employment in professional areas related to working with people including teaching, social work, training, youth work, work with vulnerable
groups and research. The degree also prepares graduates to pursue Postgraduate study.

Course Structure

Level 1


Researching and Presenting (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to the core skills for Undergraduate study such as referencing, evaluating sources and how to present your work in a range of ways

Introduction to Sociological Theory (20 credits)

This gives you the opportunity to revisit key sociological theories and apply them to the social world.

Sociology of Everyday Life (20 credits)

Develop theoretical and methodological understanding based on practical experience. You'll look at objects and artifacts and apply sociological theories to gave a new perspective on their influence. 

Social Inequalities: Key Themes (20 credits)

This module allows you to make sense of basic social divisions such as gender, ethnicity and class and what they mean now.

Deviance (20 credits)

This module introduces a sociological view to a range of behaviours and considers how some become seen as deviant.

Childhood (20 credits)

On this module you'll consider the way children’s experiences are shaped.

Level 2



Social Research 1 (20 credits)

This module will give you the skills to carry out qualitative research.

Social Research 2 (20 credits)

Many jobs involve making sense of data, this module gives you the skills to use software packages to provide an analysis of data.

Sociology of Work (20 credits)

This module provides an opportunity to consider how the world of work has changed.


Children, Families and the State (20 credits)

We see the family as a basic social form but in this module you'll consider how the State shapes family life through support and sanctions.

Gender, Sexualities and Media Representations (20 credits)

In the modern world we are surrounded by the media. On this module you'll question how it influences gender and sexuality.

Political Sociology (20 credits)

Explore topics ranging from the state, democracy, capitalism, the environment, and the major political ideologies, to more contentious politics and social movements.

Violence and Suffering (20 credits)

How do we explain the nature of violence within societies and, importantly, how do we move forward and leave violence behind us?

Social Inequalities: Contemporary Debates (20 credits)

This module considers forms of social divisions that have come to be more important in recent years such as disability, and sexuality.

Social Change, Technology and Risk (20 credits)

This module is focused on the concept of Modernity and considers the development of ideas from the promise of the Enlightenment to the rapid changes in the modern world and the concept of risk society.

Level 3



Sociological Investigation (40 credits)

This is your opportunity to plan, carry out and write up your own research as a journal article which reflects those that are published.


Sex Work (20 credits)

This module examines sex work and Criminal Justice Systems’ responses to it in a variety of societies at different points in history.

Critical Criminology (20 credits)

This module studies the complex relationships between crime, control and power within the context of globalisation and with a consideration of how the local and the global are linked.

Corporate and White Collar Crime (20 credits)

 On this module you'll consider contemporary economic and cultural conditions in relation to morals, ethics and criminality in relation to corporations.

Murder (20 credits)

Murder is not just an individual act or tragedy. In this module we apply sociology to make sense of what we call murder.

Spatial Sociology (20 credits)

This module allows you to explore the ways the spaces we inhabit are increasingly managed and regulated and how  we respond to this.

Technology and Society (20 credits)

Develop a critical understanding of the role social media, data and networked devices have in our everyday life.

Solving Social Problems (20 credits)

Consider what becomes a social problem, and how we might address problems such as migration, employment, housing, health, and criminal justice in the context of Yorkshire and the North East.

Crime and Media (20 credits)

Crime is not always represented in an accurate or realistic way in popular culture. This module considers crime within the media in a broad sense.

Prisons and Penology (20 credits)

This module introduces debates about the value of prison, ranging from prison as punishment and deterrent to the need for rehabilitation.

Urban Criminology (20 credits)

Studies how forms of social control are unequally distributed, particularly in cities.

Youth and Resistance (20 credits)

Young people inhabit a social world shaped by others. How can they, how do they, resist and how is resistance dealt with?

State, Nation and Migration (20 credits)

Gain a strong understanding of how migration has shaped and challenged the formation and development of modern states and conceptions of nationhood.

Health, Illness and Society (20 credits)

Consider a social understanding of health and illness and assess how health and illness is not just a matter of biology and disease.

Digital Entrepreneurship and Social Transformation (20 credits)

Study case studies from services and enterprises which have changed the way we live and interact in the 21st century. From health and digital self-tracking to forming romantic relationships via apps like Tinder, and cryptomarkets using Bitcoins to the free sharing of cultural products.

Death  (20 credits)

Death is inevitable but how and why we die, and how we deal with death is not. This module considers a sociology of practices around death.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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.

Teaching & Assessment

You will experience a range of teaching approaches as a student on this course. Some modules will have lectures followed by seminars. Other modules adopt a workshop style approach. You will have options with respect to the modules that you take but these are always subject to sufficient numbers. Lectures are used to provide an introduction to particular issues relevant to the module and often incorporate opportunities for asking questions via software which uses mobile phone technology. This means that you can ask questions anonymously. Seminars are smaller classes and require students to contribute. This is the opportunity to make sense of issues and concepts, to clarify how you understand things. They allow you to challenge and provide opportunities where you can be challenged.

To make the most of seminars and workshops you will be provided with guided reading and required to complete work before the class. This might be in the form of readings that are provided or it may be that you are expected to find a suitable reading that reflects that week’s class. 

In year 1 a full-time student should expect to have 10 -12 hours of timetabled classes but you should always expect to spend double this amount of time doing other work. If you are full-time expect to have 35 – 40 hours study in any week. We will support you in this. All academic staff schedule “office hours”. These are times during each week when they are available for you to call in with any queries. You will also have an Academic Tutor. Your academic tutor will arrange to see you twice a year as a minimum. During this meeting he or she will ask you about the things that are holding your grades back and provide advice and guidance to improve in the future. One way of improving may be to take advantage of the range of ways that the University can help. The York St John University Academic Support Team provides help in areas such as: study skills, written English, research skills etc. We all benefit from help at some stage and York St John has an excellent structure to make sure that you can always improve.


You can’t get a degree without taking part in assessment. You will encounter a range of assessment methods, though not exams. You may have to produce reports or essays, or be required to undertake presentations. Essays are very good for assessing understanding of theoretical issues and developing your writing skills. Reports and presentations are very good for developing the sort of skills that you need for work. Most graduate jobs will see you producing some written reports so practicing this skill here will be very helpful. Similarly, it is typical for applicants to have to make a presentation when going for a job, at all levels. We will provide you with opportunities to practice this so that you are in a better position to secure the job that you want.

You will always get feedback on your work, often in ways that will help you polish up your work before submission. Some classes will focus on how to make your work more effective to help you do your best. You will also receive feedback on assignments after submission. We aim to return marked work in three working weeks. Feedback will be aimed at showing you what is weak and how to improve so as to put you in a stronger position for the future. Your academic tutor will talk to you about how.


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 and EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £9,250 per year for full time UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to the above courses is £4,265 per year.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Find out more about funding for Foundation or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £12,750 per year for international (non-EU) students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

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


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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