What will I learn?
This course will appeal to those interested in developing the skills to explore, represent and influence the social world, opening up many exciting career and future study possibilities.
You will gain skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods and be able to specialise in areas such as social inequalities, gender studies, race and global politics, public policy, technologies and markets, social and political thought. You will be taught by staff who are committed teachers as well as leading academics.
Our research-led curriculum will teach you to critically engage with the evidence used by sociologists and policy makers to understand the experiences and attitudes towards global social issues such as inequality. Alongside core study areas, you can choose from optional modules on topics including sociology of gender, race, health, education, science, animals, policy, media and consumer culture. Your placement between second and third year and our annual ‘Methods Camp’ also offer exciting opportunities to extend your learning. Our graduates emerge with a mix of critical sociological skills, and competence in qualitative and quantitative methods, which will be highly valued by employers. You will also develop skills in independent research, oral and written communication, critical and numerical analysis, and project management.
How will I learn?
You will normally take eight different modules in each year, which are taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group work and independent study. In your first year, you will have 10–11 hours of formal contact time per week, helping you adjust to university life, and thereafter usually 8 hours per week. Seminars involve smaller groups of 15–17 students, which include some of our joint honours students, giving you the chance to make friends across complementary disciplines. We have a strong personal tutoring system and staff have weekly office hours in which you can meet with them on a one-to-one basis.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by a combination of essays, reports, podcasts, reflective writing and unseen exams. To support your assessment, you will submit class essays during the year and receive extensive feedback. In the final year, you write a 10,000-word dissertation on a sociological topic of your choice, with one-to-one supervision from staff. This prepares you for the needs of working life by consolidating core and transferable skills, and supports further academic study at MA and PhD level. Your final degree classification is based on your performance across the modules taken in your second and third years.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
For students on the single honours Sociology course, there is an opportunity for a study abroad visit. We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level: ABB
International Baccalaureate: 34 points.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
Warwick International Foundation Programme All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
Core modules in your first year provide a strong grounding in sociological theory, methods and practices, and you can also choose some optional modules. In your second year, modules in core qualitative and quantitative methods build on your first year’s training, and you will also choose further optional modules and undertake a work placement. In your third year, you will take an advanced quantitative methods module alongside optional modules. You will also complete an independent dissertation using quantitative methods, with regular one-to-one supervision from a member of academic staff.
Find our more about the degree structure and module information on the Sociology website.
Where can my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: BMW, British Red Cross, Deloitte LLP, Warwick Hospital, Frank PR.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Account Analyst, Events Assistant, HR Researcher, Digital Media Executive, Secondary School Teacher, Policy Analyst, Charities and NGOs Consultant/Analyst/Researcher, Criminal Justice Practitioner.
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Sociology
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.