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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. The foundation year will develop your skills in critical thought and analysis, working as part of a team, networking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely.

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.

Why study Sociology with Foundation Year?

Sociology is a fascinating subject that investigates the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. Sociologists 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.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 32 UCAS tariff points although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and admission to the course can be based on a consideration of your previous work and study experiences. Contact us for further information.

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All about the course

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. 

Our Sociology degree focuses on a number of broad areas and considers how they interrelate. These include:

  • Key substantive sociological themes, such as: social order, deviance and power, material inequality and social class, gender, sexuality and the family, race and ethnicity, social change, education, citizenship, globalisation.
  • Classical and contemporary sociological theory: the different ways of conceptualising social relations and social problems which underpin sociological thought.
  • Research methods: the various means by which knowledge of societies can be produced.

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.

Module information

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.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

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 be expected to undertake independent reading and research throughout your course. You will have access to a wide range of library resources (books, journal articles, and media resources), and 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 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

National Student Survey 2019

of our Sociology students were satisfied with the teaching quality of their course.

How you’ll be assessed

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.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. A range of assessment methods is used, and these vary according to the 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.

Your future career

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


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Industry links

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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