BSc Politics and Sociology (LL23)

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UCAS code LL23
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 23

About BSc Politics and Sociology

This course takes advantage of the expertise of our staff in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. You will study a range of practical and theoretical problems that affect the social world.

You will study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between countries, communities, and individuals. Becoming familiar with different views and methods of analysis, you will learn to apply and evaluate them.

Sociology is directly connected to every aspect of our lives. It is a well-established discipline, as relevant to the study of 21st century societies as it was to the sweeping changes of the Industrial Revolution. Concerned with society’s structures, forms of action and cultural arrangements, sociologists are uniquely placed to understand the fast moving changes of social life.

In year three you can choose to write a dissertation in either discipline or to take extra coursework.

Our school encourages strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff respond in their teaching to new research. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

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

More about Politics and International Relations

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

Course structure

First year

  • Political Concepts
  • Comparative Governments and Politics: A Introduction
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Two units from the following:
    • Key Social Thinkers
    • Social Identities and Divisions
    • Doing Social Research

Second year

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Free choice of two second-year politics units
  • Conceptualising the Social or Investigating the Social
  • A free choice of two second-year sociology units

Note: If you wish to take the Sociology dissertation in your final year you must take 'Investigating the Social'

Third year

  • Free choice of three third-year politics units from a range of options
  • Free choice of three third-year sociology units from a range of options
  • A dissertation may be substituted for two taught units in either politics or sociology.
  • A dissertation can be completed only in one of the two subjects.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Politics and Sociology

Typical offer for BSc Politics and Sociology - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including an essay-based subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
BTEC offer DDD in a relevant subject, such as Health and Social Care or Public Services
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB including an essay-based subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall including an essay-based subject
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in English Language and Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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