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Sociology

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: CCC / 96 UCAS points
Entry 2018: BCC / 104 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: L301
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Overview

This is a well-established discipline that aims to understand and analyse society at all its different levels – from the global, to the regional, to the local.

This degree has been designed to be especially appealing to those of you who are interested in understanding society through a range of theoretical and practical, real-world vantage points.

The course will give you opportunities to help explore the nature of diverse societies, how we can analyse them, how societies hold together and how they come apart.

In particular, we focus on how society can be better understood through exploring markers of identity, such as class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality as well as the ways in which power presents itself and influences us on a daily basis.

These are just some of the areas you will study on the Sociology course through developing and applying your skills of reasoning, critical assessment and understanding of a broad range of theoretical, practical and contemporary issues and social problems.

Why Bradford?

One of the major strengths of this course is our emphasis on research-informed teaching, in that the course reflects the research focus in our division along the theme of Diversity and Identity.

On this course, therefore, you will engage with a range of sociologically grounded ideas that address the big challenges of the 21st century, such as the effects of globalisation, growing inequities, terrorism, crime, and the building of secure and just societies.

Although you will study the classical sociological perspectives, the course focuses on the social and cultural diversity of identity, taking a critical view of social divisions and power relations, whether that is on the grounds of racial or ethnic discrimination, or inequalities around class, gender and sexuality.

Overall, you will gain knowledge about what makes people behave in the ways they do and the social context of this in the 21st century.

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).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

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.

Typical offer: BCC / 104 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 104 - 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.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
Global Society: Local Experiencescore
Introduction to Philosophycore
Introduction to Sociologycore
Learning Strategies core
Social Divisions and Power: Outsiders, Aliens and Outlawscore
State and Societycore
Year 2
Contemporary Sociological Theorycore
Dissertation Preparationcore
Popular Culturecore
Race and Ethnicitycore
Research and Evaluationcore
Youth and Crimecore
Year 3
Dissertationcore
Living in a Sustainable Societycore
Understanding Culture and Societycore
Understanding Social and Personal Identitiescore
Contemporary Criminal Justiceoption
The Social Psychology of Intergroup Relationsoption

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 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.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Sociology graduates was £14,000.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* 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.