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Sheffield Hallam University


UCAS Code: L300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics and English language. We do not accept GCSE equivalents.

UCAS Tariff


This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2019



What does society mean to you? How do we go about studying it? On this degree you examine sociological explanations and ask how they can be applied to the real world around us. You develop your analytical and research skills to enable you to ask questions that produce robust evidence for understanding the nature of societies and the factors shaping social change.Key areas include culture, media and consumption crime, deviance and resistance social inequality and identity (social class, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality) sociology of the body social change and the global society childhood, the family and old age health, illness and disability education and learning work and employment self and social identities social science research methods.In your first year you learn the core knowledge and skills of sociology. Then in year two, you begin to specialise according to your interests by choosing topics which are important to you.At this point you can chose to apply your knowledge on a supervised work placement with a public employer or voluntary organisation working in an area of health, education and justice. Marketing and human resources placements can also be arranged within the university itself.In your final year, you have a free choice of subjects alongside a dissertation. Your dissertation is your own project that you are passionate about. With a supervisor, you develop a research question and an individual programme of work. **Academic and career support**When you arrive, you are assigned to a tutor group of students who meet regularly with a personal academic tutor, throughout your degree. This group and your tutor provide enormous support and encouragement as you make the transition to university life. They are also there when you start thinking your future. There are a range of activities offered by the department and the University to enable you to develop a professional CV.**Study abroad**You have the option to go on an eight week exchange to a partner university in a range of international destinations, such as New York, The Hague and Hong Kong. This is a great opportunity to broaden your academic knowledge and to experience living in another country. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.Take an optional eight week placement, working in an area of health, education, justice, human relations or the voluntary sector. Or study abroad at one of our partner Universities.


**Year one modules** • the sociological imagination • shaping societies • researching society • deviance, order and protest • media representation and society • graduate development 1

**Year two core modules** • inequality, identity and intersectionality • theorising modernities • applied research methods • graduate development 2
**Year two options** choose one of the following four routes
**Route one**• work-related learning*• plus four options
**Route two** • project management*• plus two options
**Route three* • work placement
**Route four** • study abroad
**Option modules** • education: theory, policy and practice • health and inequalitities • youth: chaos and control • spin, propaganda and the media

**Year three core modules** • dissertation • graduate development 3
**Year three options** choose four from • advanced research methods • crime and the media • culture, media and consumption • drug use in context • education, power and control • families and kinship • experiences of health, illness and disability • power, sex and the body • gender, work and globalisation • applied human rights and active communities • politics of the city

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Essays
• Projects
• Presentations
• Dissertation
• Seen examinations

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.


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