Sociology BA (Hons)

The society in which we live has become more diverse. The certainties once provided by rigid social divisions in Class, Gender and Ethnicity have faded. Divisions based upon Age, Disability and Sexuality have emerged as powerful forces shaping the way that we live our lives. BA Sociology encourages you to make sense of the world so that you might contribute to it.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Start date
September 2019
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year
 Psychological & Social Sciences

Course overview

You will 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. There is ample scope for you to pursue your own interests through assignments and there are lots of opportunities for you to contribute to sociological debates. To support you in this we will help you to develop a critical knowledge of the relationship between theory and empiricism, and apply methods appropriate to the study of sociology as you 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 provides an excellent basis for further studies and for entering employment.

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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.

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.

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

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.

Contact hours

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.


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

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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.

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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

UK & EU 2019 / 20

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.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

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.

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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