BA (Hons) Sociology

Our students would recommend us! In the latest National Student Survey, 97% of our recent BA (Hons) Sociology students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

This exciting Sociology degree examines specialist areas of contemporary sociology and allows you to explore society, culture and everyday lived experiences. Throughout the course, you'll hear from external speakers and may have the opportunity to study abroad and undertake a self-directed work placement.

If you have a keen interest in society, culture and making sense of the social world in which we live, then our Sociology course is ideal for you.

Why choose this course?

  • From your first year, this course will help you to develop skills for employability. You'll get the chance to complete project work for a local, national or international organization and gain valuable experience by undertaking a work placement.
  • You'll benefit from the skills and expertise of our academic staff who use their leading research on identities, social inclusion, and cultural diversity to inform their teaching.
  • Our Sociology graduates get jobs – 88% of our BA (Hons) Sociology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving NTU. (DLHE 2015/16 Full-time and Sandwich, UK, First degree, undergraduate)

What you'll study

This exciting degree examines specialist areas of contemporary Sociology and allows you to explore society, culture and everyday lived experiences.

Throughout your degree, you'll take part in the Graduate Employability Development programme, which aims to prepare you for a range of career opportunities. In Year One you'll explore social inequalities and conduct project work of relevance to a local, national or international organization. In Year Two you'll explore the sociology of organizations and take a short work placement. In your final year, you'll discover the sociology of work and careers, and investigate the career you want to pursue.

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and computer room sessions. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, the team-work, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual Learning Environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Expert staff

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests, and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. You'll develop specialist knowledge based on the team's expertise in several areas including:

  • sociology and disaster
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender and social class
  • identity
  • alternative spiritualities
  • sexuality
  • family
  • the clergy.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework-based essays, reports, and a final year research-based dissertation. You'll also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations and portfolios. The portfolio includes material demonstrating the student journey over three years to 'becoming a professional sociologist'.

All work placement learning is assessed by essays or presentations, not upon how you perform in the work placement itself.

In response to student feedback, the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Can I study abroad?

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when traveling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

96% of BA (Hons) Sociology full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. (National Student Survey 2016)

Careers and employability

Work experience and study abroad

Employability is integral to this course and the modules it offers, helping you to develop a range of vital transferable skills that employers demand.

From the first year, you'll develop skills for employability. In Year One you'll explore social inequalities and conduct project work of relevance to a local, national or international organization. In Year Two you'll explore the sociology of organizations and take a short work placement. In your final year, you'll discover the sociology of work and careers, and investigate the career you want to pursue. These opportunities are part of the Graduate Employability Development Programme which aims to prepare you for a range of career opportunities for your degree.

You may have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad in Hungary or The Netherlands with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange scheme.

Your career development

This is a major part of this course. You'll develop key transferable skills, including:

  • communication
  • time management
  • problem-solving
  • teamworking
  • the ability to retrieve, manipulate and present information.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop links with relevant organizations and potential employers.

This course opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. You may be keen to pursue a career in:

  • social policy
  • management
  • community development
  • probation.

You may need to complete further training for some of these roles.

You may also consider studying a postgraduate sociology course to continue the intellectual curiosity and imagination the BA (Hons) Sociology will have fostered.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Sociology graduates are following:*

  • Records Researcher
  • Education Worker
  • Social Media and Content Assistant
  • Learning Mentor Teaching Assistant
  • Assistant Lecturer and Ph.D. Researcher
  • Research Officer in the Police
  • Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Youth and Community Support Worker
  • Special Needs Assistant

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 - 2014-15.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team is well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

100% of BA (Hons) Sociology students go on to work or further study within six months. (Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2014-15)

Entry requirements

The UK

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

International

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges, and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not the first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated June 4, 2019
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