Sociology BA (Hons)

This course employs an eclectic approach to understanding how individuals interact with society. It provides insight into the ways people live their lives, and explores topics such as gender, cultural identities and religion.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

Students develop a sound understanding of various theoretical perspectives and are trained in the qualitative and quantitative research methods used by sociologists. They develop a critical knowledge of the relationship between theory and empiricism, and apply methods appropriate to the study of sociology as they initiate, design, plan, and execute research. There is an emphasis on the development of reasoned thought and action, and of transferable critical thinking skills. 

The programme provides students with excellent foundational knowledge of sociology and its methods. Graduates can 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 forms the building block for further studies.

Course structure


Level 1

Compulsory modules

  • 1SC001 Introduction to Sociological Thought
  • 1SC002 Investigating sociologically
  • 1SC003 Social inequalities: classic debates
  • 1SC004 Identity, discourse and ideology
  • 1SC005 Schools and social reproduction
  • 1SC005 Schools and social reproduction

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Compulsory modules

  • 2SC001 Contemporary developments in sociological thought
  • 2SC006 Violence and reconciliation
  • 2SC004 Social inequalities: contemporary debates
  • 2SC007 Quantitative methods
  • 2SC002 Designing sociological investigations

Optional modules

Choose one of the following modules:

  • 2SC003 Sociology of Work
  • 2SC005 Sociology of Religion

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

Compulsory modules

  • 3SC001 Contemporary social theory
  • 3SC002 Sociological investigation
  • 3SC004 Gender, sexualities and the media representations
  • 3SC006 Youth and resistance

Optional modules

  • Choose one of the following modules:
  • 3SC005 Sociology of murder
  • 3SC007 Taming of Education

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

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.

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

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 2018 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 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 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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