The course is stimulating, innovative and exciting, and encourages you to critically analyse the world around you.Tanya
Investigate the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. Be inspired by an engaging sociology degree that is supported by interactive teaching and committed tutors.
This transformative course will help you understand the social world and your place in it. Alongside taught modules, you will have the chance to engage in research.
Opportunities to work with stakeholders, undertake work shadowing and volunteer in the community will widen your understanding of the world and enable you to gain practical experience which directly translates into employable skills.
94% of our Sociology students were satisfied or very satisfied with their course overall (NSS 2021)
Sociology is a fascinating subject that investigates the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. On our course you will study a wide range of topics including social class and poverty, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, crime and deviance, families, social order and social change.
Our degree is designed to develop your 'sociological imagination' a transferable critical and analytical capacity which is valued by employers. The foundation year provides you with the fundamental skills and abilities to be able to study at university level. On successful completion of this foundation year you can progress to the Sociology degree.
Ranked 4th in the UK for student satisfaction Complete University Guide League Table 2022
As you immerse yourself in sociology, you'll acquire a broad ranging and deep understanding of society, and of how everyday life connects to wider social issues. You’ll also explore how sociological knowledge is grounded in robust theory and research methods.
93% of our Sociology students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing (Graduate Outcomes survey 2021)
Through interactive teaching and our commitment to personal tutoring, we work hard to produce a vibrant, supportive and inclusive learning community so that you have every opportunity to reach your full potential.
Whether you already have a particular career in mind or you want to study sociology purely for your passion for the subject, our course will inspire you to look at sociology from a different perspective and help you gain the transferable skills needed for employment or further study.
In the foundation year, you will study core concepts, theories and issues in the social sciences including subjects such as gender, race and class. These modules are studied alongside a study skills programme which will prepare you for studying at degree level.
In Year 1 (the year following the foundation year) the course focuses on a number of broad areas and considers how they interrelate. These include:
The course is built around a number of core modules focusing on key sociological themes, questions and concepts.
In Year 1, you'll gain a grounding in sociological theory and methods which together foster both knowledge and understanding of the social world. You'll also explore a number of interesting contemporary questions such as deviance, inequality, social change and identity.
During Year 2 and Year 3, you'll take core modules which focus on the sociologies of families, social exclusion, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. You will also be able to explore your particular interests, through selecting optional modules.
For many students, a significant part of Year 3 is the Individual Study module, which allows you to consolidate and deepen your sociological knowledge and understanding through autonomous work.
During the course, you'll have the opportunity to get involved in volunteering to gain experience that will help to build your experience and CV.
|Access||Pass 45 Credits|
|International Baccalaureate||24 points|
|Combinations||A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum|
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and directed studies. The precise mode of delivery, and the number of contact hours you will have per week, will vary depending on the modules you take in each semester.
You will be expected to attend the taught sessions and contribute to group activities. Discussions in smaller groups will enable you to develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.
You will also be expected to undertake specific preparatory tasks or exercises before taught sessions, often including viewing prerecorded lectures. To ensure you are able to do this you will have access to a wide range of resources through the University Virtual Learning Environment, and the Library (books, journal articles, and media resources). You will be supported in making good use of these.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through independent self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments / examinations, workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. For some assignments, you might undertake independent research. For this, you will work under the supervision of a member of the course team, and you will meet with your supervisor regularly.
In addition to formal contact hours and directed studies, you will need to devote time to independent reading and preparation. For each 20 credit module, your overall study time will be around 8 hours per week. This will vary according to the timing of assessments: some weeks may require more hours of study, for example when an assignment is due, and other weeks may require fewer.
The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics, with a range of expertise and experience.
Almost all the teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced members of staff who are either Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards Fellowship. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team web page. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.
Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.
Studying Sociology has never been more valuable. We are living through times of enormous change and uncertainty – social, cultural, economic, political and ecological – and Britain is more divided than ever before. Our dedicated team will help you make sense of these changes and divisions, and their impact on individuals, communities and government.Dr Sarah CantPrincipal Lecturer, Sociology
of our Sociology students were satisfied or very satisfied with their course.
The Sociology team views assessment as part of the overall learning experience and so places an emphasis on providing frequent, detailed and personalised feedback. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Ongoing assessment and verbal feedback of your performance in group work, seminar discussions, tutorial sessions when requested, and written feedback on coursework will be used as a means of formative assessment.
Formal or 'summative' assessment takes place during and at the end of each module. A range of assessment methods is used, and these vary between modules. The assessment methods include: essays, workbooks, annotated bibliographies, reflective logs, group presentations, reports, portfolios, dissertations, and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. For each year, approximately 10 per cent of the Sociology course will be assessed by written exams.
Through studying Sociology with us you will acquire a variety of transferable skills such as critical and analytical thinking, working with others, effective written and spoken communication, research, time and task management, self-reflection and an appreciation of the impact of social factors on people’s lives. These skills are valued by many employers.
Our graduates have entered such occupations as teaching (primary, secondary and further education), social and youth work, probation, local and central government, human resource management, social research, the police force and journalism.
I am just writing to update you on the positive impact of your sociology programme on my job prospects and future employability/development. I am now working for a not-for-profit housing association in London. The Citizenship and the Community module really did help to make me more employable by widening my understanding of the world, and giving me practical experience which directly translates into employable skills. Throughout the interview process for my job, the fact that I had the practical applications of the volunteering gave me the confidence to discuss charities/ not-for-profit organisations and I believe my employers were very impressed when I told them about the Citizenship module and the experience I gained from it.Andy Sociology graduate
of our Sociology students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing their course.
The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£9,250||£14,500|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£14,500|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
**Home (UK) Fees
The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.
In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.
***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):
Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.
Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.
Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding
To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.
The Sociology team has links with various local community groups and voluntary agencies, and with Thanet District Council, through both curriculum-related contexts, and ongoing research by members of the team.
Our local third sector and community contacts will afford you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to practical contexts – through, for example, our second-year Research Skills module, and our third-year Citizenship and Community module. The course also houses ‘Engaging Sociology’, a vibrant series of public lectures and debates, which you can get involved in.
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