BSc Sociology (L300)

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UCAS code L300
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 65 overall for L300, L301 and L302

About BSc Sociology

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. 

This course provides the academic and professional support needed for you to develop your own 'sociological imagination'.

Year one is structured around four units to ensure a solid grounding in the discipline, followed by a greater choice of units closely linked to staff research interests. Units cover subjects such as popular music, the environment, tourism, nationalism, migration and intimacy. The course has a strong emphasis on developing research skills. In your final year, you will conduct a piece of supervised sociological research on a topic of your choice. 

There is a strong emphasis on research skills, with compulsory units in the first two years and a dissertation unit in the final year. The dissertation enables you to conduct a piece of supervised sociological research on a topic of your own choice.

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

  • Key Social Thinkers
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Social Identities and Divisions
  • Doing Social Research
  • One or both of the following units:
    • Sociology in a Global Context
    • Introduction to the Sociology of Culture

Or up to two 'open' units from another subject area, usually from within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Second year

  • Conceptualising the Social
  • Investigating the Social
  • A free choice of four 2nd year sociology units from a range of options

Third year

  • Sociology dissertation
  • A free choice of four 3rd year sociology units from a range of options
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Sociology

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

Standard offer
ABB including an essay-based subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 overall to include 15 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 DDM in a relevant subject, such as Health and Social Care or Public Services.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AABBB 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 offer77% overall including an essay-based subject
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above. 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: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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