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University of Portsmouth

Sociology

UCAS Code: L300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

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

D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

96-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

99%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Sociology

**Overview**
Society, and how we interact with it, is a complex but rewarding field of study. If you’re interested in studying classical and contemporary social theory, and applying it to our social institutions, this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree is a great option.

You’ll explore pressing contemporary social issues and get an understanding of specialist areas of sociological study such as food, happiness, violence, sport, social class, gender and race.

The course prepares you for a variety of careers, from health and social care to banking and administration. You can also do further training or study after the course.

100% of students were satisfied with this course in the 2017 National Student Survey; 92% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 93% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018).

**What you'll experience**
On this Sociology course you'll:
- Develop a critical understanding of the world we live in

- Get an in-depth understanding of our society and how we interact with it

- Learn how our lives relate to each other's and intersect with wider social structures

- Focus on specialist areas, such as food, happiness, violence and sport

- Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field

- Do research that connects your studies to what's happening now in society

- Boost your career prospects by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies

- Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will work with you to find the employment that you need to kick-start your career.

What can you do with a Sociology degree?
You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

- teaching and lecturing

- research

- health and social care

- advertising

- marketing and media

- local government

- community development

- careers advice

- teaching

- charity work

- human resources and recruitment

- business administration and personnel management

Our Careers and Employability team will support you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Modules

During your first year you will study a range of units including observing society, theorising social life, research design and analysis, class, inequality and the life course, studying society and themes in sociology. In year two you will study various core units plus choose from of optional units including emotions and social life and race, ethnicity and society. In your final year you will complete a dissertation plus choose from a selection of optional units such as food, culture and society and gender and sexuality.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed throughout this course via a wide range of assessment methods including written essays and tests, both group and individual projects, seminar participation, examinations and a 10,000-word dissertation.

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
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and 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.

86%
high
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

87%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance 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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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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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