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Sociology BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: L300 Foundation: L301​

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full-time
    4-6 years part-time
    4 years full time (Integrated Foundation Year)

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:


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Our Sociology course allows you to develop your understanding of how humans shape and are shaped by the society they live in. You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary sociological themes and issues whilst learning to apply sociological concepts on a global scale

This Sociology course explores the latest Sociological questions and methodological implications. We offer a degree that focuses on academic excellence, high standards of methodological training and empirical professional experience.

Updated 25/11/2020


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Course Content

  • The course explores topical societal questions such as:

    • What is Sociological Imagination? How is it used?
    • What is the impact of Inequalities on Spaces and Places?
    • How do we shape our own identity and self?
    • How can Sociologists become professionals?
    • How important is the future to Sociology, societies and the self?
    • What is Sociology of the Life course? How is it related to the Sociology of Death?
    • How can we understand Race, Ethnicity and Migration after Brexit?

    You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary sociological themes and issues whilst learning to apply sociological concepts on a global scale. Core modules that you will study provide you with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the discipline. You will then develop your knowledge further and will be able to add areas of personal interest such as international development, politics, media and culture, and deviance.

    • you will receive 12 hours per week dedicated teaching support in year one and additional staff guidance throughout your first year
    • in year two a minimum of 10 hours teaching per week is provided and you will have greater flexibility to shape your own study week supported by one-to-one and group tutorials
    • in year three eight hours of classroom-based teaching per week is provided and you will meet regularly with your dissertation supervisor. Supervisors take on the role of personal tutors as well as providing expert support in your chosen area of research.

    List of modules:

      • Module code: SOC1069
        Status: Compulsory
        The module aims to support students in developing a theoretical/conceptual and historical understanding of the social issues surrounding education. The module supports these aims by: (1) providing a solid grounding in key sociological theories and themes vis-a-vis education (2) exploring core themes for sociology of education for instance the role of the State the concept of childhood the relationship between education and the market and education and the family and (3) giving opportunities to develop the skills to evaluate and instigate change in educational systems
      • Module code: SOC1072
        Status: Compulsory
        Drawing on from disciplines such as Sociology Media/Cultural/Communication Studies Journalism Criminology and Psychology this module is designed to introduce students to a wide range of different topics in order to create a multi/inter-disciplinary theoretical and conceptual understanding of the relationship between the media crime and society.
      • Module code: SOC1073
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will introduce students to a range of micro- and macro-sociological perspectives and their analysis of the changing nature of social identities. Based around the structure/action dualism that retains a central place in sociological debate and taking a historical/chronological approach from early modernity to the global age. It aims to demonstrate the relevance and applicability of sociology to an understanding of social identity and aspects of everyday life.
      • Module code: SOC1076
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces students to a range of sociological and feminist perspectives on gender and to contemporary debates about gender and society. In doing so the module aims to develop an in-depth exploration of masculinities femininities and transgender identities and their historical cultural social and political dimensions.
      • Module code: SOC1077
        Status: Compulsory
        Current sociological research on inequalities focuses on the geography of social inequality that is on the relation between space place and inequalities. This module explores issues such as housing health services education polices urban and rural development supporting the students in gaining an understanding of several core areas of social and spatial inequalities.
      • Module code: SOC1078
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce in a critical and synthesized manner that enable first-year sociology students to understand how sociology investigates and describes the social world. Important theoretical perspectives and primary methodological considerations will be a large consideration. Empirical as well as theoretical engagement with introductory sociological principles will be presented as part of the wider concept of what is perceived to be the `sociological imagination?.
      • Module code: SOC2009
        Status: Designate
        This is a level 5 module that builds on the sociological foundations of level 4 and allows students to tackle a range of material within a specialist field. The module has been designed to enable students to relate the study of intimate relationships and family life to their own experience whilst also developing their ability to apply sociological research and theories to understanding this area.
      • Module code: SOC2110
        Status: Designate
        This module builds on the foundations of the compulsory modules in year one and aims to develop the student?s theoretical knowledge and understanding about major social and cultural changes for subjets in the contemporary world. The module will introduce students to the debates in Sociology about the increasingly contested nature of age boundaries and the journey through the life course.
      • Module code: SOC2112
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is: To familiarize students with the theoretical and practical elements of the social research process which will help in preparation for their dissertations in the third year.
      • Module code: SOC2113
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide a framework through which students can develop an understanding of ethnic relations and inequalities through historical and contemporary social science perspectives. Based on fundamental theories from social psychology communication studies and identity studies students will explore issues of racism inclusion/exclusion discrimination disadvantage and identities between racialized social groups and critically analyze their socio-historical genesis.
      • Module code: SOC2114
        Status: Designate
        This module introduces students to: a range of sociological perspectives and contemporary debates relating to the Sociology of Health and Well-Being; issues and/or practice; the socially constructed nature of medical knowledge and practice; relationships between and explanations for social variances in health illness disease and well-being and globalisation; the classic sociological `structure? versus `agency? debates.
      • Module code: SOC2115
        Status: Designate
        The module introduces students a wide range of sociological perspectives and contemporary debates relating to three separate but inter-related areas: Sport Leisure and Tourism. In doing so the module aims to explore some of the key issues that these activities have on everyday life both for the individual as well as for society.
      • Module code: SOC2116
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: SOC3019
        Status: Designate
        Popular and academic concern with both the body and sex have increased enormously within the last 150 years. This module provides an opportunity to critically explore this development in relation to matters of continuity and change within advancing modernity at a range of levels from the individual to the global.
      • Module code: SOC3059
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ?to advance students? understanding concerning: a) the socio-theoretical approaches to the study of the self and b) the dialogic relationship between them. It provides students with the means to understand core theorizations of the relationship between society and the individual and consider possible distinctions of the two concepts. It will also enable students to understand the distinction between inter-active and intra-active processes as two of the key ways to explore the relationship between structure and agency.
      • Module code: SOC3060
        Status: Designate
        This is a level 6 module that builds on the sociological foundations of level 5 and allows students to tackle a range of material within a specialist field. The module has been designed to enable students to relate the study of death dying and breavement to their own experience whilst also developing their ability to apply sociological research and theories to the understanding of this area.
      • Module code: SOC3062
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to equip students to understand and tackle intellectually the complexity that characterizes all aspects of society - for instance the environment global economy scientific research intimacy or politics. The module addresses the imperative need for advanced sociological theory to understand the changing and interrelated nature of social problems. Case studies from mass-media social networks human rights risk management and ecology will be used to support the practical implications of the use of complexity theory in society.
      • Module code: SOC3063
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to engage in a critical interdisciplinary examination of past and present examples of possible probable preferable and already in process futures. Students will critically explore how the future has been/is told tamed traded transformed traversed thought tended and transcended ? focusing on the 'utopian imagination' i.e. the hope for a more perfect world and better 'way of life? that has always been at the very core of the 'human condition' and which had/still has an important part to play in re-shaping contemporary ideologies peoples and societies.
      • Module code: SOC4018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the applied social research methods training that students receive at Level 5 and provide them with an opportunity to study a topic of contemporary sociological significance in depth. Students are expected to work independently under the supervision of their dissertation supervisor.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be:

    • BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
    • an Access Course must include 30 level 3 credits at Merit.
    • we welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Integrated Foundation Study Entry Requirements

    Admission to this Foundation Framework is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC
    • however, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year:£13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2020/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    • International Foundation Framework: £9,800
    Additional Costs

    The optional International Field Trip* is partially funded by the University. The costs of trip is on average between £600-£1,000 and students pay part of this cost.

    As a part of the Sociology Placement module, students get a free DBS paid by the University but students need to pay for any additional expenses such as travel costs.

    *Please see our situation update webpage for the latest information.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • We also value the significance of understanding different cultures and for that reason there is an opportunity in the second year of the course to participate in the International Field Module*, allowing you to learn about how different societies funtion and apply theory to real-life scenarios.

    Our students have already travelled to Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Athens, and Rome. This module is opitonal – for a five to seven day visit the cost will not be more than £1,000.

    *Please see our situation update webpage for the latest information.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

    Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Our assessments on the BA Sociology course are regularly praised by our external examiners as being imaginative and varied. Assessment methods used on this course include:

    • essays
    • seminar portfolios
    • seen and unseen exams
    • internet-based exercises
    • group presentations
    • research projects
    • academic posters.

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Careers and Employability

The skills, knowledge and competencies that you will develop will equip you for a wide range of careers. Our graduates can pursue careers in areas such as teaching, research, social work, community organisations, local government, and Human Resources.