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Sociology (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry 2018: CCC / 96 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L305
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Sociology is a global and vital discipline. As a Sociology student at Bradford you’ll analyse and understand the social world with depth and conviction. The subject is driven by those who have an interest in not only studying society, but also a desire to make society more just and equal.

Our approach to Sociology at Bradford starts with ensuring you are intellectually stimulated and engaged with the subject matter. We do this firstly through our academic staff, all of whom are research-active and highly enthusiastic about what they teach.

All our teaching is student-focussed. For us, it’s vital that we enable our students to engage with a range of contemporary and relevant subjects, debates and issues through a diversity of sociologically-grounded perspectives and theories.

We focus on how society can be better understood, and made more just, through exploring markers of identity, such as class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. The modules that make up our degree also reflect the ways in which power presents itself and influences us on a daily basis.

Through linking theory with the real world, you are encouraged to apply your sociological knowledge to social contexts whether they are related to inequality, the state, crime, difference, securitization and mass media, or those every day, taken-for-granted features of life which seem less important, such as consumption, taste and the performance of our identities.

The course will therefore give you opportunities to explore and analyse the nature of diverse societies, and develop informed insights into the challenges facing a globalised and interconnected world.

Studying Sociology at Bradford allows you to develop and apply your skills of reasoning and critical assessment, and to understand a broad range of theoretical, practical and contemporary issues and social problems.

Between your second and final year you will undertake a work placement or period of study abroad. The BA (Hons) in Sociology is also available as a three-year course, without the sandwich placement year.

The University of Bradford is full of people from different cultures - this place is truly inspiring, which helps you to explore your true personality and beliefs towards society.

Amna Rabnawaz
Division of Sociology & Criminology graduate

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.

Our courses are structured as bridges leading students to successful employment or further study. They are designed and taught by staff who have a rich and deep experience of working with students at all levels of study – from undergraduate to postgraduate and research.

A large majority of our staff are actively engaged in real-world projects, ranging from corporate businesses, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the local community. Teaching methods are carefully designed and are centred on enhancing transferable skills for our students. In order to enhance the future prospects of our graduates, our courses cover everything from teamwork to in-depth research, and presentation skills to report writing.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CCC / 96 UCAS points

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Stage 1: Level 4

Semester 1

  • Studying Social Sciences: A Critical Approach. 20 credits
  • Understanding Classical Sociology. 20 credits
  • British Society since 1945: Rethinking History. 20 credits

Semester 2

  • Sociology of Identity and the Self. 20 credits
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory in Everyday Life. 20 credits
  • The History of Sociological Ideas: From Modernity to Postmodernity. 20 credits

Stage 2: Level 5

Semester 1

  • Social Science Methodologies: Interpreting the Social World. 20 credits
  • Race and Ethnicity. 20 credits
  • Theories of Group Interaction. 20 credits

Semester 2

  • Applying Social Science in Real World Contexts: Research and Employment. 20 credits
  • Popular Culture. 20 credits
  • Elective Module 20 credits

Stage 3: Level 6 (Final year)

Semester 1

  • Core: The Sociology of Health: Cultures, Causes and Cures. 20 credits
  • Work Placement 20 (40 credits in total including Semester 2)
  • OR Global Inequality and Sustainable Societies. 20 credits
  • OR The Sociology of Consumption, Taste, and Identity. 20 credits

Semester 2

  • Core: The Sociology of Education: social transitions and inequalities. 20 credits
  • Work Placement 20 (continued = 40 credits in total) OR
  • Elective: (if the work placement is not taken in semester one). 20 credits

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Modes of teaching include:

  • group work
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • use of video and interactive material
  • online exercises.

We provide specific opportunities for regular engagement with a Personal Tutor through seminars as part of our ‘Studying Critically at Bradford’ module. This provides direct guidance on how to engage with the specific assets and learning challenges of the first year at the University of Bradford, and just as significantly, enables students to gain a clear understanding of the modalities of sociological inquiry and the skills required in order to meet the needs of the discipline.

The assessment menu is varied and uses traditional formats, such as examinations and essays but also has a range of innovative and distinctive means of assessing student knowledge and skills which include presentations, book reviews, exercises in self-analysis/reflection and reflective journals.

Students taking the work placement option will have the opportunity of having their placement experience assessed by a placement report. Students will prepare research proposals in Level 5, which will feed into their Level 6 dissertation project.

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

82% of our 2016 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 2016 Sociology and Criminology graduates was £16,500.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

All students are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, who has regular and weekly ‘drop-in’ slots available for students to see them.

Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged. Students are also assigned a personal tutor to supervise their dissertation.


Staff expertise in Sociology and Crime ensures that delivery and content is research-led, contemporary and robustly informed. We have an experienced, highly-qualified and strongly research-active teaching team for this programme.

The programme is taught by existing experienced staff with strong research records who have published widely in sociology, social policy, criminal justice and vocational and professional subjects such as education and social work.Formal lectures facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding at the early stages of the course.  As it progresses, the main emphasis is on self-directed research and evaluation of related literature; students will be supported in these by individual supervisors.

These aspects further develop the research-informed nature of the curriculum. The dissertation module provides a major opportunity to demonstrate competence in the execution of desktop and/or empirical research and autonomy in data-handling and critical interpretation in a research context. The ability to deal with complex issues and solve problems will be enhanced by effective reflective practice.


The JB Priestley Library has excellent resources for research. Student Central and also the Richmond Atrium have cafes, bookshops and meeting spaces.

Students also have access to the Communal area of the ground floor of Pemberton building, and can also book meeting rooms in the Library for collaborative learning and group work.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,950
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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