BSc Sociology and Philosophy (LV35)

2016 entry

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UCAS code LV35
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 55
Number of places for 2016/17 5

About BSc Sociology and Philosophy

This course combines these two disciplines equally. You will take units across both subjects in all years of the course.

The sociology half of the degree places particular emphasis on sociological theory and its application to real-world concerns. The philosophy element offers you a thorough understanding of philosophy in the analytic tradition.

The wide-ranging flexible curriculum offers progressive intellectual challenges and consolidates your experience throughout.

You will also have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university.

More about Sociology

Find out more about studying Sociology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Two further Sociology units from:
    • Key Social Thinkers
    • Social Identities and Divisions
    • Doing Social Research
  • Introduction to Philosophy A and B
  • Introduction to Formal Logic
  • One unit from:
    • Philosophical Texts 1, 2, 3 or 4
    • Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Second year

  • Conceptualising the Social or Investigating the Social
  • A free choice of two second year Sociology units
  • Realism and Normativity
  • Two or more units from:
    • Epistemology
    • Political Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Ethics
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Logic 2
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy of Mathematics
    • or other second-year unit offered

Third year

  • Three units from a range of specialist units in sociology
  • Two philosophy optional units
  • One extended essay
Further details about the course structure for Sociology
Further details about the course structure for Philosophy

Typical offer for BSc Sociology and Philosophy

(including international A-levels)
AAB including an essay-based subject
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including an essay-based subject
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB including an essay-based subject
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall including an essay-based subject
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:English Language and Mathematics

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International students

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