Sheffield sociology

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

1. Course summary

  • Investigate social identities like ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, disability, gender and religion to understand privilege and disadvantage.
  • Explore social movements for equality in a global context
  • Evaluate the relative power of groups and individuals drawing on complex cultural and material resources

The first year introduces you to core sociological knowledge and skills taught by friendly and approachable staff. You progress to more specialised modules in the second and third years, with ample opportunity to develop your personal interests and build employability skills with peers and colleagues.

Staff are experts in their fields and bring their research-based knowledge to all the teaching and learning activities undertaken on the course.  

Different styles of learning are combined to challenge your understanding of the social world and help you develop self-confidence and motivation – essential to all graduate jobs. 

More importantly, staff support you to be the best you can every step of the way, whether working with others in small groups or developing your own independent learning style.  

You learn through 

  • lectures 
  • seminars 
  • workshops
  • tutorials 
  • field trips 
  • events 
  • guest speakers 
  • group learning

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Applied learning

Live projects 

You will undertake live projects as part of your degree, to give you a taste of how you can use the skills learnt on the course in the real world. You will undertake desk-based research which will assist their work and form the basis for one of your assessments, and can list this work experience on your CV.   

There are also many elective modules to choose from, such as environment and society, youth studies, propaganda and media studies, and education policy. Alongside this, you undertake a more demanding commissioned project, working in a team to meet the needs of a local organisation.  

Field Trips

On each year of the course, you can take a field trip at no additional cost. In recent years these have included a visit to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool (first year), a 4-day visit to Edinburgh (second year) and a dissertation conference (third year). 

Work placements

In the second year, many students opt to go on an eight-week structured work placement. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Past students have worked on projects under the direction of a supervisor in workplaces such as hospitals, police service, schools, council departments and community associations.

Alternatively, you can study abroad for 12 weeks at a university in Europe, Australia, USA or Canada. Taught in English, you have a choice of modules. This is a chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles, as well as travel to new places and meet new people. 

Networking opportunities

As a Sociology student you will be enrolled as a member of the Social Policy Association (SPA) – funded by the University.  The SPA is the UK’s professional association for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners of social policy. It offers you access to extensive networks that can support your studies and career development.

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3. Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in   

  • health and related areas
  • education
  • probation 
  • police service
  • prisons
  • local and national government
  • marketing and advertising
  • research and development departments
  • human resources
  • community-based support
  • voluntary and charitable organisations

These are just some of the areas previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in.  

However, the skills you will develop across your degree will enable you to successfully transition into a much wider range of potential career paths.

5. Entry requirements

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

6. Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

ModuleCreditsAssessment
Deviance, Order And Protest20Coursework
Graduate Development20Coursework
Media, Representation And Society20Coursework
Researching Society20Coursework
Shaping Societies20Coursework
The Sociological Imagination20Coursework

Year 2

ModuleCreditsAssessment
Applied Research Methods20Coursework
Inequality, Identity And Intersectionality20Coursework
Practical
Theorising Modernities20Coursework
ModuleCreditsAssessment
Beliefs, Values And Religion20Coursework
Practical
Education: Theory, Policy And Practice20Coursework
Environment And Society20Coursework
Health And Inequalities20Coursework
Practical
Spin, Propaganda And The Media20Coursework
Work Placement (Politics And Sociology)60Coursework
Practical
Work Project20Coursework
Youth: Chaos And Control20Coursework

Final year

ModuleCreditsAssessment
Dissertation (Sociology)40Coursework
Practical
ModuleCreditsAssessment
Advanced Research Methods20Coursework
Practical
Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context20Coursework
Crime And The Media20Coursework
Culture, Media And Consumption20Coursework
Drug Use In Context20Coursework
Practical
Education, Power And Control20Coursework
Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability20Coursework
Families And Kinship: A Sociological Insight Into Family History Studies20Coursework
Practical
Globalisation, Gender And Work20Coursework
Power, Sex And The Body20Coursework
Social Theory And Film: Modern, Postmodern And Postcolonial20Coursework
Tokenisms, Fetishes & Religion20Coursework
Practical
Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism20Coursework
Understanding Modern Masculinities20Coursework
Work, Employment And Globalisation20Coursework

7. Fees and funding

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

Financial support for home/EU students

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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