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University of Bedfordshire

Sociology

UCAS Code: L300

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E-C,C,C

80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP-MMM

UCAS Tariff

80-96
91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Politics

Sociology is the study of social life. It engages with theory and research to make sense of the forms that societies take and the impact they have on the biographies of individuals.

The Sociology BA (Hons) course at the University of Bedfordshire is a lively and multi-vocal subject. It draws from a wide range of subjects such as politics, cultural studies, law, economics, international relations, development studies, social work, childhood studies, social policy, anthropology, philosophy, education and ethics to broaden and deepen your understanding of the world around you.

You will be encouraged to reflect upon the contested nature of social realities, problems and opportunities and invited to think locally and globally about lived realities, ideas and perspectives and to identify if you are part of the problem or part of the solution.

This course aims to make you feel alive in your subject while also preparing you for graduate employment.

Modules

At stage one, students are introduced to the main theories and core concepts of Sociology to allow students to begin to understand society and the structures inherent therein. There is also a focus at this stage on acdemic skills for study in higher education. Stage two contains further emphasis on skills for social sciences and employment. At this stage, topics such as global news and media audiences will be explored in greater depth. A vocational element wehrein future research careers and the skills and knowledge needed to enter them are outlined, providing students with the opportunities to network with prospective employers. At stage three a research project on a topic chosen by students is undertaken, relating to the proposed career path following graduation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a range of conventional and innovative assessment strategies throughout this course and they reflect the knowledge, talents and skills that can be readily transferable into the workplace as well as into postgraduate study.

Written assignments (reports, essays, and reflective pieces) will demonstrate your capacity to communicate well in written form, to research a subject in depth, to evidence expertise, to think critically and independently about complex issues and to meet deadlines.

Time-limited exams will test your ability to retain and retrieve subject-specific information as well as to apply knowledge to new contexts.

You will also participate in presentations and debates, including mock UN Security Council debates. These are popular with our students as they allow you to get into the heart of global problem solving, international politics, justice and accountability.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Applied Social Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

26%
UK students
74%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate
234

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,720
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Childcare and related personal services
7%
Caring personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Social sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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