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Sociology (with integrated foundation year) BA (Hons)

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

BA Sociology with integrated Foundation Year, at Aberystwyth University, will train you to develop a critical awareness of and engagement with the social world. By studying this course, you will develop a thorough grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches that have been employed by sociologists to study the world around us. You will also develop your ability to analyse social phenomena through training in the collection, analysis and presentation of sociological data.

The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the Foundation Year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Sociology, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

Some of the distinctive aspects of Aberystwyth’s approach to Sociology include:

  • emphasising the value and significance of a field-based approach to Sociology, with field exercises being integrated into lecture modules, and a dedicated Field-Based Sociology module;
  • integrating more applied perspectives into the teaching that we undertake on key themes and concepts in Sociology to demonstrate its real-world significance (and, in doing so, help with the employability of our Sociology graduates);
  • drawing on our research strengths and to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social world.

Overview

You will:

  • be able to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and approaches across the whole of the subject and within particular branches of Sociology;
  • be able to carry out independent research, applying a range of skills in relation to data collection, analysis and presentation; have developed a range of skills and be able to apply them to a variety of Sociological issues;
  • be able to recognize that your learning experience has been positively reinforced by exposure to research;
  • be able to evaluate your own performance in a range of learning contexts and under different modes of assessment;
  • be able to work independently, in a team and with a social awareness of the contribution made by scholarship and applied research in their discipline to social policy;
  • have the necessary skills and awareness to seek employment in a variety of professional careers or to begin postgraduate research and study.

Employability

The study of Sociology provides a solid foundation for you to consider a wide range of careers including the media, social work, international development, community engagement and the civil service to name a few. Nowadays, employers are seeking graduates who possess various skills which include the ability to think analytically and laterally. The degree provides you with a breadth and flexibility of skills which is why Sociology graduates nationally are attractive to employers.

Graduates have progressed on to:

  • Criminology, the Police Force;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • Social Work;
  • Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector);
  • Management;
  • Journalism;
  • Public Relations;
  • Teaching;
  • Research.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 :

A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Welcoming international students since 1872. Over 100 different nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural learning environment.
Highly-rated teaching (TEF Gold) and a high rate of graduate employability.
Generous scholarships and bursaries for international students.

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