About the BA (Hons) Sociology (recruiting for September 2020 entry) programme
This degree aims to develop you into an ‘active sociologist’. An active sociologist focuses on how their research, findings and theorisations about the world around them can be used. Their work could be included into wider academic fields, where published theorisations and research might lead to contribution to the wider field of sociology. Or their work might be used by, and within, a local community to have an active impact on the people being studied by you as an active sociologist. This sociology then, aims to have impact on the subject and on the local community.
Applicants require a minimum of 80 UCAS Credits. Hold Maths and English GSCE (or equivalent) grade C/4 or above. You will also be asked to attend an interview to determine place on the programme.
Student with no previous formal qualifications will be able to submit an essay and will be invited to an interview to be considered for a place on the programme. The essay should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and you should attempt to implement literature in this essay; all essays will be processed through plagiarism software and will be judged based on the institutes generic marking criteria.
Applications for APeL will be considered, for both credits and work/life experience.
What you will learn
Level 4 – Certificate Stage
- Thinking Sociologically
- Social Policy and Welfare
- Study Skills for Lifelong Learning
- Introduction to Social Research
- Local and Global Inequality
- Contemporary Social Problems
Level 5 – Diploma Stage
- Theorising Modernity
- Researching Society: Qualitative Research
- Digital Sociology
- Researching Society: Quantitative Research
- ‘Doing’ Sociology
- Gender, Ethnicity and Disability (Optional)
- Global Crime and Justice (Optional)
Level 6 – Honours Stage
- Consumerism and Economic Sociology
- Genocide (Optional)
- Punishment and Society (Optional)
- Transnational Migration and Identify
- Morality and Evil (Optional)
- Family Violence (Optional)
The choices for the independent project are:
- 5,000 word Dissertation (20 credits) plus an extra optional module
- 10,000 word Dissertation (40 credits)
Learning & Teaching Methods
The programme design does acknowledge that people on the degree will come from a variety of backgrounds and with a diverse range of skills and academic abilities. The first-year modules will be designed to help build the foundations of your knowledge and also to teach you the skills needed to be the active sociologists you choose to be, regardless of your background or academic abilities. Behind all first-year modules there are both key theoretical and practical skills that you will use to apply and develop throughout your degree. In the second-year your research skills are put much more to the test where you can begin to apply these skills to suggest possible changes in the form of a social enterprise. In final-year your own active skills become essential in building your own position and possible outcomes for specialist modules whilst also using these skills in an independent project with your own choice of topic and method.
Studying with us at the University Centre Grimsby means that you become a member and part of our open community that values doing education the way that suits you. We have a great culture of support that is available to you, with supporting tutors, library staff, academic achievement coaches, study skills coaches and a great team of administrative staff. We also have smaller group sizes at other universities, which means you do not become a face in the crowd, but an important member of our team.
Once you have completed this degree you have a range of opportunities to continue study or enter into work. Following this degree, you have the opportunity to study further in postgraduate study, there are a large amount of sociology postgraduate opportunities available that will allow you to master your knowledge in a more specific area. Alongside Master’s degree you might choose to go onto to study a PGCE so that you can become a teacher.
For those of you wanting to enter employment there is a lot of available and great value in holding a BA in Sociology. Sociology graduates are given wide career opportunities including; working in charities and community development, education, management, civil services, local government services, the policy, research, social work, caring professionals, journalism and many more.