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Sociology and Psychology (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: CCC / 96 UCAS points
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: LC39
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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The Sociology and Psychology course studies society from a range of perspectives.

Psychology concentrates on the perceptions of individuals and groups within society, and how these reflect and contribute to the maintenance or alteration of social structures.

Sociology begins with social structures, forces and processes and considers how these shape the experiences of individuals and social groups.

Between your second and final year you will undertake a work placement or period of study abroad.

Taster Day

Find out more - come along to one of our Psychology Taster Days:

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Although this course is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, it does provide the basis for an application to our accredited postgraduate programmes in psychology.

Why Bradford?

The course integrates the disciplines of sociology and psychology, so that you can develop an understanding of human behaviour in its social and cultural context. The aim is to develop an understanding of contemporary social and cultural trends and the ways in which the individual self is formed.

We do not offer placements on this course, although you may be interested in studying for a year at one of our partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia or Australia in order to widen your horizons and develop your independence and confidence.

Study abroad enhances your personal skills development and is positively recognised by employers.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CCC / 96 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 96 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

This course is not running.



Module name Type
Year 1
Essentials of Social Psychologycore
Introduction to Psychologycore
Introduction to Sociologycore
Learning Strategiescore
Social Divisions and Power: Outsiders, Aliens and Outlawscore
State and Societycore
Year 2
Critical Psychology and Mental Health: Methods and Applicationscore
Dissertation Preparationcore
Psychological Profilingcore
Race and Ethnicitycore
Research and Evaluationcore
Contemporary Sociological Theoryoption
Popular Cultureoption
Year 4
The Social Psychology of Intergroup Relationscore
Understanding Social and Personal Identitiescore
International Perspectives on Crimeoption
Living in a Sustainable Societyoption
Understanding Culture and Societyoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2015 graduates in Sociology and Psychology found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

There are a wide range of opportunities available in local authorities, social service departments, voluntary sector organisations, advice centres, health and housing, the civil and public services and private organisations, as well as graduates going on to further study, teaching and research. Former graduates have gone on to pursue careers including: teaching, police, community development, information officer, psychotherapy, welfare rights, university lecturer, arts administration, probation, social research, personnel, scientific research, housing officer, journalism, editor, marketing, advertising, fundraising, counselling.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.