Undergraduate course

Sociology BA (Hons)

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

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.

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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 2019, 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 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £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


Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Sociological Thought: This is an opportunity to revisit key sociological theories and to apply them to the social world.
  • Investigating Sociologically: This module deals with the basics of being an undergraduate sociology student and covers things such as referencing and evaluating sources.
  • Social Inequalities: Classical Debates: This module allows you to make sense of basic social divisions such as Gender, Ethnicity and Class and what they mean now.
  • Identity, Discourse and Ideology: This module requires you to apply sociological understanding to your life. How have concepts such as Gender, Ethnicity and Class shaped your identity?
  • The Sociology of Deviance: This module introduces a sociological view to a range of behaviours and considers how some become seen as deviant.
  • Childhood: This module considers the way in which children’s experiences are shaped by the tension between seeing them as becomings or beings.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 2


Compulsory modules

  • Designing Sociological Investigations: This module gives you the skills to carry out qualitative research, something that is relevant to the level 3 investigation and to work.
  • Quantitative Sociological Investigations: This module many jobs involve making sense of data, this module gives you the skills to use software packages and to offer analysis.

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Developments in Sociological Thought: This module focuses upon the nature of modernity by considering the interplay between science, rationality and technology.
  • The Sociology of Work: This module provides an opportunity to consider how the world of work has changed, and why.
  • Social Inequalities: Contemporary Debates: This module considers forms of social divisions that have come to be more important in recent years.
  • Sociology of Religion: This module enables you to focus on the role of religion within society and consider why it is so important to the lives of so many people.
  • Violence and Reconciliation: How do we explain the nature of violence within societies and, importantly, how do we move forward and leave violence behind us?
  • Children, Families & the State: We see the family as a basic social form but in this module we consider how the State shapes family life through support and sanctions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 3


Compulsory modules

  • Sociological Investigation: This is your opportunity to plan, and carry out your own research then to write it up in the form of a journal article with a view to having it published.

Optional modules

  • Advanced Social Theory: An introduction to more recent and contemporary forms of theorising. As society has become more diverse so we need theories that reflect this.
  • Gender, Sexualities and Media Representations: In the modern world we are surrounded by the media; how does it influence gender and sexuality?
  • Sociology of Murder: This module is always popular. Murder is not just an individual act or tragedy. In this module we apply sociology to make sense of what we call murder.
  • Youth and Resistance: Young people inhabit a social world shaped by others. How can they, how do they, resist and how is resistance dealt with?
  • Taming of Education: Education is typically understood as a process with outcomes. This module considers how attempts to ensure the right outcomes impoverish it.
  • Spatial Sociology: This module allows you to explore the ways in which the spaces that we inhabit are increasingly managed and regulated and the ways in which we respond to this.
  • Big Data and Technology: This module in a society which collects increasing amounts of data about the social world, what does this mean for you? Are you governed by data?
  • Death & Mortality: 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.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated

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

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 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.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


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 webpages.



View our accommodation webpages 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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