The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Sociology

Why choose this course?

This popular and thought-provoking course offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live. During your studies, you will learn about the concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call a ‘sociological imagination’ – that special way of identifying, describing and evaluating the nature of social life.

You will be encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with your ideas in self-directed and cooperative learning activities. You will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social issues, and to communicate your ideas through interpersonal and digitally literate ways. At each level of study you are given the opportunity to undertake accredited voluntary work in the local community – an experience that broadens your sociological knowledge, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for employment.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces you to the study and practice of Sociology, with particular emphasis on key concepts and methods used in sociological analysis. You will explore the basic principles of Sociology in relation to social institutions (such as education, work, leisure) and social processes such as crime. As part of your programme, you will have the opportunity to choose an interdisciplinary module (for example, in popular culture or women’s political campaigning) and will have the opportunity to engage in community-based learning by placement in a voluntary agency.

Year 2 builds upon your experiences by exploring key debates in social theory and sociological research methods. You will have the opportunity to apply your sociological imagination to the process of ‘Making Gender’, the character of ‘Contemporary Families’, and the nature of ‘Race and Racism in Contemporary Britain’. You will also choose an interdisciplinary module (for example, in Human Security , or Body, Sexuality and Identity, or Contemporary Britain). You can also continue your community-based learning and further develop your employability skills.

Year 3 allows you to fashion your studies around specific topics such as ‘Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies’, ‘Global Educational Issues; ‘Globalisation: Struggles and Resistance’ and Work and Society’. You will continue your study of Sociological Theory at this advanced level, and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a topic that interests you, in either a self-designed research project or a community-based research placement.

Why Wolverhampton?

Taught by experts in their field, you will develop your knowledge and skills through the study of sociological theories and methods, and through application of these important sociological tools to a range of contemporary topics. The teaching team are all active researchers who are eager to share their ideas and practical experiences of ‘doing Sociology,’ which means that you will benefit from a highly relevant and topical programme. To equip you with the practical skills needed for the workplace, you can also undertake community-based learning through placements in voluntary agencies and organisations.

What our students think

“The Sociology staff are so supportive. My educational journey in Sociology has made me feel I can do anything I want to and do it well."

"In the end I exceeded my wildest dreams got a First Class degree and the Sociology student prize. I was blown away with happiness. That gave me even more confidence to go further and I decided to do my postgraduate studies with the University of Wolverhampton too."

Career path

Sociology graduates have been employed in a wide range of careers but with a clear inclination towards work in the public and voluntary sectors: in social research in the civil service and local government, or with think tanks; public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning, for example, social inequalities and social exclusion.

Previous graduates have been employed, for example, as neighbourhood development officers, lifestory co-ordinators, social care workers, housing officers, social inclusion workers and care managers. Graduates are also well equipped to continue their postgraduate studies in sociology, education and social work.

In addition, all courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Masters and Doctoral level.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of sociological thought
  • the ability to critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of appropriate evidence in relation to a variety of social theories, and to mobilise a reasoned, sociologically informed argument
  • the ability to conduct research in a preliminary way, and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways
  • a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development
  • the ability to work independently by directing, managing and reflecting upon your learning activities, and to engage cooperatively with others in the planning, preparation and execution of tasks
  • an understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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