Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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.

Course structure

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

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
  • 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 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

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Course Leaders

Naomi Rudoe

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

Dr Naomi Rudoe

Senior Lecturer

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 Ben Pitcher, Naomi is proud to lead a passionate Sociology teaching team who consistently receive high levels of student satisfaction. In 2017 the teaching team were awarded a Westminster Teaching Excellence Team Award in recognition of their work.

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Dr Ben Pitcher

Senior Lecturer

Ben Pitcher joined the University of Westminster in 2010.  He is the author of The Politics of Multiculturalism and Consuming Race.  Ben leads the option modules 'Understanding Race' and 'Consuming Race', as well as the core modules 'Introducing Media and Cultural Studies' and 'Contemporary Social Theory’.  Ben’s teaching regularly draws on film, TV and new media, and involves field trips to museums and galleries across London.

Alongside Naomi Rudoe, Ben leads a award-winning Sociology teaching team committed to ensuring that students are supported to get the most out of their degree.

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Ben Pitcher

Alongside Naomi Rudoe, Ben leads an award-winning Sociology teaching team committed to ensuring that students are supported to get the most out of their degree.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBC

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma / National Diploma – DMM / D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

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

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

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

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

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.

Careers

Information from the destination statistics of UK graduates indicates that the following graduate occupational areas were the most popular with Sociology graduates:

  • Social and welfare professional, e.g., housing officer in local government
  • Education professionals, e.g., teaching in schools, further and higher education
  • Commercial, industrial and public sector managers
  • Business and financial professions and associate professionals
  • Marketing, sales and advertising professionals

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

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

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

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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.

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 the 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 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.

Course Location

Situated on one of the most famous and vibrant streets of London, our 309 Regent Street site is home to the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. The site also houses our Regent Street Cinema. For more details, visit our Regent Street page.

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Contact us

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