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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Sociology
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£16.5k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies. Or • 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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

Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
74% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
294 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £16.5k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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