Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you'll be able to move on to study for the Sociology BA Honours degree.

Choose Sociology at the University of Westminster and you'll 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 interactions is central to the course. You'll 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'll 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, cultures, beliefs and values.

You'll 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.

Drawing on cutting-edge research, this is a course that will put you at the forefront of contemporary sociological thinking and practice. 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.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Consistently high levels of student satisfaction – our award-winning teaching team provide fantastic levels of student support, evidenced by our 94% student satisfaction rate
  • Inspiring learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom – our central London location provides unique opportunities to explore contemporary social and cultural life, including creative classroom activities, film screenings, external speakers, street-based explorations and visits to museums and galleries
  • An inclusive and diverse curriculum engaged with issues of social justice – students of diverse faith backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and genders come to work together to challenge inequality and explore some of the most important social and cultural questions in the world today

Course structure

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.

The first year of the BA provides an accessible introduction to contemporary sociological debates, and you'll 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'll 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, families, gender studies and the body, London's pleasures and perils, sexuality, food, politics and protest, 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.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Society, Risk and Crime: Sociological Perspectives
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Crime and Society
  • Rights and the Law

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Identity and Society
  • Introducing Gender
  • Introducing Media and Cultural Studies
  • London Explored
  • Researching Society
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Understanding Race

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Education Now
  • Emotional Life
  • Food, Taste and Consumption
  • Globalisation and the Media
  • Modern Social Theory
  • Sexualities
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • Work Experience
  • Youth, Culture and Identity

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Consuming Race
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
  • Gender, Education and Identity
  • Making Bodies: Gender, Culture, Science
  • Making the News
  • Perils and Pleasures: A London Sociology of Leisure
  • Politics, Protest and the Public Sphere
  • Sociology Dissertation

Credit Level 6

Studying Sociology with us

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Successful alumni

Previous graduates have found positions in organisations including the British Red Cross, Citizens Advice and the London Evening Standard.

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Exciting placements

Gain work experience before you graduate – recent work placements have included the Explore Teaching Scheme, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Prisoner Advice and Care Trust.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

Our students graduate with knowledge and expertise that gives them a competitive advantage in people-centred careers, including the charitable and NGO sector, education, government, journalism and media, management, social work, and academic research.

Our Work Experience module in the second year gives students the opportunity to put into practice the personal and professional skills they'll develop while studying.

Recent placements include:

  • Explore Teaching Scheme
  • George Mitchell School
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Prisoner Advice and Care Trust

Job roles

This course will prepare students for roles and sectors including:

  • Charity and NGO sector
  • Journalism and media
  • Local government and Civil Service
  • Management and human resources
  • Teaching and other professional education work

Graduate employers

Previous graduates of this course have found positions in organisations, including:

  • Accelerate Learning
  • Barclays
  • British Airways
  • British Red Cross
  • Citizens Advice
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harris Academy
  • London Evening Standard
  • Mulberry UTC
  • Stamford Hill Primary School
  • Victim Support

Many Sociology graduates go on to postgraduate study in subjects including social sciences, law, human relations, education, psychology and counselling.

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

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I'm proud to lead a passionate Sociology teaching team who consistently receive high levels of student satisfaction.

Dr Naomi Rudoe

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Naomi Rudoe joined the University of Westminster in 2009. She holds a PhD from the Open University and her research interests focus on the sociology of education and education policy, and family studies. She teaches on a wide range of modules including a specialist module in family studies, and on two first year core research methods modules.

Alongside Adam Eldridge, Naomi is proud to lead a passionate Sociology teaching team who consistently receive high levels of student satisfaction.

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Dr Adam Eldridge

Senior Lecturer

Adam Eldridge joined the University of Westminster in 2004 after completing his PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.

He is the co-author of ‘Planning the Night-time City’ and co-edited ‘Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance’. His research is at the intersection of leisure studies and urban sociology, and he is primarily concerned with the experience and development of cities at night.

Adam leads the option module 'Perils and Pleasures: A London Sociology of Leisure' and he contributes to ‘Emotional Life’, 'Identity and Society’ and the school’s foundation programme. Adam’s teaching primarily focuses on the day-to-day experiences of urban life, identity, and time, using London as an endless source of inspiration.

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I'm proud to work with an award-winning and engaged team of sociologists.

Why study this course?

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Student satisfaction

94% of our students agreed that they were satisfied with the course.

Source: Discover Uni (Accessed May 2020)

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Central London location

Study sociology in the heart of a multi-cultural, global city, and benefit from street-based explorations and visits to museums and galleries and everything else this vibrant city offers.

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An expert teaching staff

You'll be taught by active researchers, whose innovative books and articles are helping to set the global sociological agenda.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DEE to CDD

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP

  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM

  • Access – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

 

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points  

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

 

What our students say

Halima Ali

Halima Ali

Sociology BA Honours 2016

I believe Sociology at Westminster has opened my eyes and taught me the skills necessary to critically analyse, interpret and understand subject matter, be it political or social - or even a casual wander inside Selfridges.

Virginia San Pedro

Virginia San Pedro

Sociology BA Honours (part-time) 2014

I am very pleased that I chose to study at the University of Westminster. I really enjoyed my learning experience as a part-time student. The variety of modules on offer enabled me to choose modules which were interesting as well as having flexible time schedules.

Jordan Graham

Jordan Graham

Sociology BA Honours 2014

Studying Sociology at the University of Westminster is the best choice I could have made. I wanted to study in central London, so Westminster was the perfect location for the next three years of my life.

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019-20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Social Sciences subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

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