Sociology BA Honours
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Alternative attendance modes for this course
Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
View course-specific entry requirements
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDM/Diploma DD with A Level Grade B in a humanities-related subject|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.|
Choose Sociology at Westminster and you will never think about society in the same way again. Studying with us means engaging with a dynamic 21st-century subject and exploring current social issues and debates using the latest research methods.
Investigating the nature of societal structures, and their impact on people's everyday lives and interaction, is central to the course. You will consider questions of how power is exercised and normalised at all levels of society, from the state to individual emotions, through explorations of social class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other factors. You will gain a sensitive understanding of diversity as well as a keen self-awareness and ability to make sense of your own social location in terms of identities, culture, beliefs and values.
You will be taught by active researchers whose innovative books and articles are helping to set the global sociological agenda. The course makes full use of the amazing resources our central London location provides, from the museums on our doorstep to street-art ﬁeld trips and the diverse cultures and subcultures that will inform and inspire your own research.
You can choose from a wide number of specialist option modules with a range of assessment formats to suit different learning styles, from essays and exams to portfolios, research reports, projects and reviews. Our supportive and dedicated teaching team will train you in critical analysis, thinking and debate, and enable you to develop strong presentational, interpersonal and communication skills. Our students graduate with the knowledge and expertise that gives them a competitive advantage in a range of people-centred careers, including the charitable and NGO sector, education, government, journalism and media, management, social work, and academic research.
Drawing on cutting-edge research, this is a course that will put you at the forefront of contemporary sociological thinking and practice.
Your ﬁrst year provides an accessible introduction to contemporary sociological debates, and you will receive specialist training in researching London as a global city, and in the key study skills you need to excel in the subject, along with optional modules in race and gender. In Years 2 and 3 you will explore modern and contemporary social theory, youth culture, extend your research skills and, in your ﬁnal year, work closely with a member of the Sociology team to conduct an independent project in an area of your own choosing.
You can select from a range of options, which includes modules on consumption and race; education; emotional life; families; gender studies; life and death; London's pleasures and perils; migration; sexuality; and the media.
Our Work Experience module in the second year gives you the opportunity to put into practice the personal and professional skills you will develop while studying.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Identity and Society
- Introducing Gender
- Introducing Media and Cultural Studies
- London Explored
- Researching Society
- Thinking Sociologically
- Understanding Race
Years 2 (Credit Levels 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Education Now
- Emotional Life
- Globalisation and the Media
- Modern Social Theory
- Sociological Research Methods
- The Sociology of Religion
- Work Experience
- Youth, Culture and Identity
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Consuming Race
- Contemporary Gender Studies: Feminist Theory and Beyond
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Crossing Borders and Boundaries: Migration, Identity and Culture
- Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
- Gender, Education and Identity
- Life and Death: The Medicalisation of the Body
- Making the News
- Perils and Pleasures: A London Sociology of Leisure
- Politics, Protest and the Public Sphere
- Sociology Dissertation
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
Dr Francis White, Course leader
International Foundation course
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Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Why not consider going on exchange as part of this degree? You could spend semester one or two of your second year at one of our partner institutions and gain international experience and global skills to further enhance your employability. As part of its exchange offerings Westminster is also an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme which is supported by the European Commission. This degree has Erasmus+ exchange partners and you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards living expenses whilst on exchange. For further details visit the Student exchange section.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
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Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
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