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University of Manchester

Sociology

UCAS Code: L300

Bachelor of Social Science (with Honours) - BSocSc (H)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Typical Contextual Offer: BBB Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A Level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years. Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (36 Distinctions / 9 Merits). 'Pass' in Level 2 English and Mathematics. Contact: Tom McCunnie, tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M1-M1,M1,M1

Applicants are expected to achieve D3,M1,M1 - M1,M1,M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

6,5,5 at Higher level, 34 points overall. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve Grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve Grade 5 at Higher level and Grade 6 at Standard level.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grades DM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grade D in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grades MMM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grade M in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grades DM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grade D in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grades MMM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

M

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grade M in combination with twos A-levels at Grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

We typically ask for Grades ABBBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers at Grades BBB. or Two Advanced Highers at Grades BB, plus two additional Highers at Grades BB. Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

We typically ask for Grades ABBBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers at Grades BBB. or Two Advanced Highers at Grades BB, plus two additional Highers at Grades BB. Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We consider the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

UCAS Tariff

128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

72%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sociology

- Do you want to be part of one of the largest and most reputable groups of sociologists currently working in the UK?

- Would you like to develop the skills to analyse and interpret today's social developments and problems?

- Do you fancy learning research skills that will allow you to carry out your own sociological investigations?

- Would you like to study abroad for a semester in your second year?

- Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme.

Sociology is the study of social life and social change - a domain with huge scope that Zygmunt Bauman describes as any aspect of the world 'that bears the imprint of human activity'.

This can lead the sociologist to many different topics of study from reproduction of inequalities in relation to social categories (eg race, class or gender), to the shaping of intimate relationships by wider cultural contexts, or the generation of resistance and protest by economic trends and crises.

The degree in Sociology engages you in research and writing on a range of sociological topics.

When you study these areas you will be looking at patterns of individual and group behaviour, the rules and norms that govern that behaviour in different societies and the meanings that people attribute to their own life circumstances, their social identities and their relationships.

You will learn and use a range of theories and concepts to help understand topics of interest, and a set of rigorous and systematic approaches to gathering and interpreting information to help you develop reliable knowledge.

When you study sociology at The University of Manchester you encounter course units examining the latest sociological puzzles through up-to-date theories and methods.

You will be given a thorough grounding in a wide range of classic and contemporary theoretical approaches as well as a set of research skills that allow you to carry out your own sociological investigations.

Each year you will be asked to select from a wide range of course units. We can guide you to select options that fit your developing intellectual interests - but by the third year most of our students know exactly what type of sociologist they are.

**Special Features**

- Our teaching received a 93% satisfaction rating from our students.

- Our Sociology department was ranked top in the country for research. 'Excellence' in research feeds into teaching so that students are taught by experts with a real passion for their subject.

- As part of Manchester's Q-Step centre, Sociology offers exciting paid internship opportunities for students.

- Sociology at Manchester gives you guidance on study skills and employability throughout your degree through the 'Professional Development for Sociologists' (PRoD) programme. It has a successful peer mentoring scheme and student society.

**Our Students**

Sociology students in figures (2014):
- Students on the course came from 24 countries.

- Their ages ranged from 17 - 42.

- The male / female ratio was 24 : 76.

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
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Sociology

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.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

Sociology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

Sociology

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

£16k

£16k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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