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Sociology (BA)

Our Sociology courses respond to the crucial need for professionals working with groups, and individuals, at risk of exclusion, in a range of settings, eg education, health and social care, criminal justice, welfare, employment, exclusion, diversity and disability.

Students will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of exclusion, disadvantage, power, and agency within today’s contemporary society.

This degree focuses on sociological theory but also draws upon theory from social policy and social psychology to examine the impact of exclusion and disadvantage.

Issues such as culture, politics, media, health and social care, well-being, and a range of social factors will be explored, including ideas about forms of disability, gender diversity, social representations in the media, criminal justice, sustainability, power and control, multi-agency working, the role of social care and welfare, social justice and inclusion. 

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PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

BA Sociology (BA)
UCAS Code: SOC1
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BA Advocacy (BA)
UCAS Code: 6X7S
Apply via UCAS

Sociology (DipHE)
UCAS Code: SOC5
Apply via UCAS

Social Studies (CertHE) 
UCAS Code: 
SLS1
Apply via UCAS

Social Justice and Inclusion (PhD/MPhil)
Contact: Nichola Welton – n.welton@uwtsd.ac.uk

How to apply

 


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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,000 (Overseas)

Why study this course?

  1. These degrees focus on Sociology in practice in order to deliver equity and equality in society.
  2. Opportunities for work placements with clients in real-life situations.
  3. Research-active staff who also engage in theory and practice in the sector, alongside visiting speakers from a wide range of organisations.
  4. Modules options across a variety of subject areas.
  5. Opportunities to explore theory and policy in practice via placement and volunteering opportunities.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This three-year programme is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies.

In the second year of study, students undertake a placement, while the modules develop a wide understanding of sociological issues and solutions.

The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to aspects of Sociology the student wishes to pursue in more depth.

Modules

CertHE Social Studies:

  • Academic Study Skills
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Agency and Empowerment: Giving Individuals a Voice
  • Advocacy Services in the 21st Century
  • Policy in Practice and Multi-Agency Working
  • Who are We? Culture and Identity

DipHE Sociology:

  • Diversity and Difference in a Modern World
  • Placement: Methods, Theory and Policy into Practice
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare in the Modern World
  • Disability, Health and Social Care
  • Employability

BA Sociology:

  • Crime and Deviance versus Power and Control
  • Sustainable Communities and Global Development
  • Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Dissertation
Assessment

No exams in this programme

Assessment is via written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries. These assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

Key Information

Entry Criteria
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • 80 UCAS Points.
  • Non-traditional students will be considered on their experience and individual merit.
  • Applicants with FE/Access qualifications welcomed.
Career Opportunities
  • Advocate
  • Communities First
  • Criminal Justice Sector
  • Education Officer
  • Emerging roles within sport and film industry (responding to current events)
  • Families First
  • HE/FE Lecturer
  • Local Authority Management and care
  • Local Health Authority Management and care
  • Media
  • Nursing and Mental health Nursing (Further Study Required)
  • Police
  • Probation Officer (Further Study Required)
  • Project Management
  • Project Manager
  • Research
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Care work
  • Social Worker (Further Study Required)
  • Student Support Services
  • Supporting Vulnerable Groups
  • Youth Offending

Graduates may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression onto, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion that allow students to utilise postgraduate funding.

Additional Costs
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
  • There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Fieldwork
    • Printing and copying
    • Stationery
Related Courses

Sociology (DipHE)(SOC5)

A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement while the modules develop a wider understanding of sociological issues and solutions. 

Social Studies (CertHE)(SLS1)
A one-year programme which is designed to provide a foundation year for those students who may wish to move onto either the BA Sociology or the BA Advocacy degree; or as a standalone exit award/qualification. This programme is underpinned by modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies.

Advocacy (BA)(6X7S)
A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to professional Advocacy practice and the student’s own interests.

Advocacy (DipHE)(ADV2)
A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice.

Equity and Diversity in Society (MA) The MA in Equity and Diversity in Society is an exciting development in response to current legislation, social policy, local and global concerns regarding equity. Awareness of equity, equality and diversity is considered an integral requirement of many organisations, as well as an aspiration for society as a whole.

Social Justice and Inclusion (PhD/MPhil)
Contact: Nichola Welton – n.welton@uwtsd.ac.uk

Student Quotes

Peter Davies

Peter Davies reflects on his academic journey from foundation degree at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to the award of a doctorate at Cardiff University.

‘In 2004, I began my foundation degree for teaching assistants, graduating after three years. I then did a further year to upgrade the degree to honours level, graduating with first class honours. I then completed a one-year postgraduate teaching certificate in primary education. Two years later I returned to UWTSD to do a master’s degree in equality and diversity in society and in the middle of that course I also completed a postgraduate certificate in heritage tourism. After graduating with distinction, I then applied for PhD studentships at Cardiff University and was accepted onto a research programme entitled ‘The social significance of artistic representations of former coal and steel communities’ which I have now successfully completed. The research involved working with groups to create representations such as poetry and photographs to counter stereotypical constructions of post-industrial communities.

‘It seems like a huge progression but it’s really a question of taking one step at a time and I shall always be grateful for the help and encouragement from staff at UWTSD who had faith in me from the beginning. They made me realise that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Thank you.’ 

Study Abroad Opportunities

The chance to study in Europe and the US for a semester in year 2.