Sociology - BA (Hons)

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Should we all have an equal say in how society operates? Why do people develop their beliefs and attitudes to health, work, race and gender? As a sociology student at Kent, we challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas, become an independent thinker and question the social values we live by.

Overview

Investigate complex social issues, explore theoretical positions within sociology and develop the ability to collect, manipulate and interpret data. You examine the social institutions that govern us, discover what you think should change and search for ways to make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.

Reasons to study a Sociology degree at Kent

  • Study and work with world-leading experts in the social sciences on an interdisciplinary course that will give you a global perspective.
  • Received the highest score for research quality in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2022.
  • The wide range of modules available means you can tailor your studies to your interests.
  • Spend time abroad at one of our partner institutions.
  • Graduate with the transferable knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your career.
  • Extend your skills by adding quantitative research to your degree.
  • Join the SSPSSR student society Socrates to enhance your CV.

What you’ll learn

You’ll develop a deep understanding of contemporary social issues and the social processes that influence relationships between individuals, groups and institutions. You’ll acquire a broad knowledge of the key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches that highlight the impact of diversity and inequality on the local and national communities.

You’ll have a wide range of modules to choose from, so that you can develop expertise in areas of particular interest to you. You’ll also develop your research skills so that you can design, plan and deliver original research, which could be related directly to your career path, giving you a competitive edge as you look to realise your ambitions.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit

  • medal-empty International Baccalaureate

    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad)

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £13500
  • International full-time £18000
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £6750
  • International part-time £9000

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case study analysis, group projects and presentations, and individual and group tutorials. Many module convenors also offer additional ‘clinic’ hours to help with the preparation of coursework and for exams.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examinations; to view details for individual modules click the 'read more' link within each module listed in the course structure.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • be compatible with widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
  • produce graduates with analytical and knowledge-based skills relevant to employment in the professions, public service and private sector
  • provide a broad knowledge of the key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches that inform the discipline of sociology
  • promote an understanding of contemporary social issues and the impact of diversity and inequality on local and national communities
  • provide an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions
  • develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of the nature and appropriate use of research methods used in sociological research
  • teach students key writing, research and communications skills.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of key sociological concepts and empirically based arguments and data
  • the social processes that shape contemporary society and the relationships between individuals, group and social institutions
  • patterns of social diversity and inequality and their origins and consequences
  • the nature and appropriate use of diverse social research strategies and methods
  • how sociological knowledge can be used to evaluate social and public policy
  • the similarities and differences between the British and Finnish versions of modern society.

Intellectual skills

You develop the following intellectual abilities:

  • the application of knowledge in analysing complex social issues
  • research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect, manipulate and interpret data
  • an understanding and appreciation of different theoretical positions and schools of thought within sociology
  • the ability to formulate and sustain a complex argument which is supported with appropriate evidence
  • appreciation of a variety of normative and cultural positions.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the ability to communicate information and argument
  • the ability to plan research
  • the ability to use and apply sociological theories and concepts in an argument
  • the ability to express and evaluate the value and ethical dimensions of sociological practice
  • the ability to reformulate social issues from the standpoint of sociological analysis.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • problem-solving in a variety of situations
  • the ability to effectively communicate theoretical and empirical material and arguments through written and oral modes, including use of illustrative and supportive material such as overheads and computer-aided presentations
  • learning and study, information retrieval, communication and information technology, group work, and time planning and management.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our Sociology graduates are highly sought after and have gone on to enjoy careers in areas as diverse as:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Teaching and research
  • Management
  • Media and advertising
  • Public relations
  • The Civil Service
  • Consultancy

Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study at Master’s and PhD level.

Help finding a job

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research has its own employability team who work with businesses to maximise opportunities for our students. We also hold an Employability Month every February and run networking events throughout the year to help you develop your skills and contacts.

The School has excellent links with local outside agencies, such as the probation and youth justice services, the police and social services.

The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

As well as your subject-specific knowledge, you also develop the key transferable skills graduate employers look for. These include:

  • excellent communication skills
  • organisational and research skills
  • the ability to analyse problems
  • teamworking
  • an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others.

You can also gain additional skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a new language or volunteering.

If you choose to take the year abroad option, you further increase your skills by gaining experience of living and studying in a different culture and developing an international perspective.

Apply for Sociology - BA (Hons)

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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