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Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (BASc) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)

General entry requirements

A levels

AAB. You will also need grade B or grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE. We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances at ABB, plus grade B or grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE.

You also need to meet the additional requirements listed below.


36 to include Mathematics and English.

You also need to meet the additional requirements listed below.


We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside one or two A levels. You will also need grade B or grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE.

You also need to meet the additional requirements listed below.

International qualifications

Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.

Additional requirements

If you meet (or are predicted to meet) the minimum entry requirements, we will invite you to submit a second personal statement to Warwick, addressing your reasons for applying to the course.

We will contact applicants directly to request the second personal statement and provide guidance at that time.

Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

Sociology – the study of humans in society – is at the heart of the roadmap towards a sustainable future. Each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has a sociological aspect, and understanding the social implications of world trade, economic growth, and climate change has never been more critical.

Since the birth of the neoliberal era, major global transformations have redefined societies across the world. Sociologists are now focusing on why the current organisation of society might itself be unsustainable, researching innovative solutions to develop social-environmental relationships that are less environmentally harmful.

On this course, you will combine sociological concepts, including race, identity, ethnicity, and gender, and apply these to global issues such as wealth inequality, elite power, and food security. Our transdisciplinary approach also gives you the freedom to research the topics that most interest you.

    Our students are aspiring global citizens with social consciences. They’re flexible, adaptable and broad-minded.

    By studying GSD, you’ll take a transdisciplinary approach and confront issues from a diverse array of perspectives. You will need to be ready to think creatively and embrace new opinions from your peers from across the world. We will challenge you to become an active participant in your own learning.

    You can enhance your skills and studies through optional work placements, study abroad, and certificates.

    Study abroad

    We encourage you to take the opportunity to study abroad during your course at Warwick.

    • Enjoy the freedom to take chances with your module choices.
    • Push yourself outside of your comfort zone with your learning.
    • You may have the opportunity to learn a new language and immerse yourself in a new learning context.

    You may choose to apply for an intercalated year spent either studying abroad or on a work placement (subject to you meeting departmental academic requirements). This will mean extending your course to four years.

    If you want to extend your learning and broaden your perspective by studying abroad for a year, Warwick has partnerships with universities across the world. You will spend your first and second years at Warwick, studying abroad in your third year. You will then return to Warwick for your final year.

    Your year abroad will not count towards your overall final mark (but it will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report).

    Learn more about spending a year abroad.

    Core modules

    Your course will consist of a 50:50 split, with half of the teaching provided by the GSD Department and the other half by the Sociology Department.

    Year One

    You will undertake three GSD core modules designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the 'three pillars of sustainable development':

    You will also take the core Global Sustainable Development Project module, giving you the chance to see how the principles of GSD apply to a real case affecting a local community.

    With Sociology, you will take four introductory core modules:

    Year Two

    As you begin to apply the perspectives you were introduced to in Year One, you will have the opportunity to engage with a key issue in sustainability, studying one optional core module from the following:

    You will also choose optional modules with a GSD focus either from within GSD or from other departments across the University.

    In Sociology you will have one core module, 'Designing and Conducting Social Research', and a choice between:

    Optional travel abroad in second year

    If you opt to travel abroad, you will take 50% of the course load outlined above at Warwick during Term One, and the other 50% at Monash University where you will continue to study modules with an approved sustainability and sociology focus.

    In the first term at Warwick you'll take one of three optional core GSD modules:

    You will also study further relevant second year modules with a GSD focus from within or outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies. You will also take the core Sociology module 'Designing and Conducting Social Research', plus a further module from a range of optional modules offered by the Sociology Department.

    Whilst abroad, you will be required to study relevant approved modules selected from those offered by the partner institution. These modules will be pre-approved by the Warwick departments, and will be subject to the approval of your GSD-based personal tutor.

    Optional year abroad

    You could opt to spend a year studying abroad at one of Warwick's partner institutions, or completing a work placement. This year will not contribute towards the overall grade of your degree, however, it will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

    Final year

    There is one core module: a dissertation. You will also take further relevant modules with a GSD focus from within or outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies. With Sociology, you will have a series of optional final year modules offered by the Sociology Department to choose from to complete your study.

    Optional modules

    Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

    GSD Department

    Explore the full list of optional modules offered by the GSD Department

    Sociology Department

    Specialist certificates

    We also offer a range of optional unique certificates outside of the curriculum.

    These include the following topics and can help you to continue your professional development.

    • Coaching Practice
    • Digital Literacy
    • Professional Communication
    • Sustainability

    Explore our range of certificates


    Your final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

    GSD modules

    In the first year, two of the core GSD modules have an exam worth 40%. The remaining 60% of these modules and the other core GSD modules are assessed by methods other than formal examination, including essays, online quizzes, presentations, and a group research project.

    In the second year, optional core GSD modules and optional modules in GSD do not have traditional examinations. Depending on your module choices, you may be assessed on case studies, research papers, essays, log books, projects, presentations, quizzes and critical policy reviews.

    The final year core GSD module is a Dissertation or Long Project and so is assessed via coursework, including a research proposal and presentation or other means of dissemination.

    Please note, we continually review our assessment methods in light of feedback. Therefore assessment criteria is subject to change annually.

    See assessment methods for individual GSD modules.

    Modules from across the University

    The methods of assessment will vary according to the optional modules that you choose each year from across the University. The overall percentage of the course that is assessed by coursework depends upon the external options taken.


    Most Sociology modules are assessed wholly by coursework (essays, reports, presentations). In the first year, three of the core Sociology modules are currently 100% assessed by coursework. The remaining core module is currently assessed by multiple methods.

    In the second year, there are currently no formal examinations for the core or optional core Sociology modules.

    In the final year, the assessment methods depend on your choice of optional Sociology modules.

    Specialist certificates

    We also offer a range of optional unique certificates outside of the curriculum.

    These include the following topics and can help you to continue your professional development.

    • Coaching Practice
    • Digital Literacy
    • Professional Communication
    • Sustainability

    Explore our range of certificates


    You will be taught by a range of academics from different disciplines. They will communicate their expertise on a specific issue and describe their methodology for addressing it. We expect you to bring together these various approaches and to develop your own informed stance on each issue.

    Throughout our course you will:

    • Attend lectures and take part in seminars, workshops and tutorials.
    • Work with other students in teams on controversial, topical problems that pose significant sustainable development questions.
    • Undertake fieldwork, archival research and engage in peer discussion to propose alternative solutions.
    • Review the work of other students too.

    Discover how you will learn in our modules

    Class sizes

    Seminar groups in GSD comprise of around 20 students.

    Typical contact hours

    Year One

    Your core modules in Year One offer between 20 and 25 hours of contact time. Each module is made up of lectures, workshops and (for the 'Global Sustainable Development Project' module) group supervision sessions.

    Year Two

    In your second year, optional core modules offer up to 45 and 50 contact hours.

    Final year

    In the final year, the core dissertation module involves eight lectures and eight supervision sessions across three terms.

    Optional modules

    Optional modules in the GSD Department are available with between 25 and 50 hours for scheduled contact time, depending upon how the module is taught. For example, some modules have lectures, workshops, film screenings and research supervision, whereas others have lectures and workshops. Some modules may include field trips.

    Module offerings in other departments may involve more or less formal teaching time per week than the GSD modules.

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

    Undergraduate fees

    If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.

    2+2 course fees

    If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.

    How are fees set?

    The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

    Learn more about fees from UCAS.

    Undergraduate fees

    If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

    For details please see Overseas students section below.

    Undergraduate fees

    If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

    • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
    • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

    Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.

    Fee status guidance

    We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

    Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

    If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

    Find out more about how universities assess fee status.

    Additional course costs

    There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.

    Further information

    Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

    We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

    Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

    If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

    Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.

    You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.

    Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

    We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

    Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

    We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

    Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

    As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

    Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

    Further information

    Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

    Eligibility for student loans

    Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

    Check if you're eligible for student finance.

    Tuition Fee Loan

    You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

    Maintenance Loan for living costs

    You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

    Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

    Tuition Fee Loan

    For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

    Help with living costs

    For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

    If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

    Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

    Repaying your loans

    You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

    Find out more about repaying your student loan.

    Placements and work experience

    We encourage you to undertake a work placement as part of your study programme.

    As part of your degree you will have the option to take part in both short and long work placements which are formally recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report. These ultimately supports you in developing your employability skills and prepare you for future employment.

    • Apply theory to practice and develop skills
    • Engage in the world of work
    • Explore a future career path
    • Learn about the professional environment
    • Learn from industry professionals

    Year-long work placement

    You can complete a four-year degree and your work placement will take place in your third year. The work placement can take place in the UK or globally and after completion, you will return to Warwick for your final year.

    Short work placement

    As part of the Certificate of Professional Communication, you will undertake a short four-week work placement which takes place during the summer.

    Supporting you

    We will also support you in sourcing your own work placements outside of these.

    Your career

    As a GSD graduate, you have a wide range of career pathways that are available to you. This is demonstrated by the variety of work placements that our students have completed with employers from different sectors.

    Our students have been successful in securing work placements with employers from the private, public, and third sectors. These include:

    • Research institutions
    • Governmental bodies
    • Non-governmental organisations
    • Intelligence agencies
    • Housing
    • Environmental consultancies

    Our students have undertaken diverse roles such as:

    • Marketing Assistant
    • Sustainability Officer
    • Intelligence Analyst
    • Researchers

    You’ll learn valuable transferable skills that will help you with your employment prospects including:

    • Analysing and problem solving: Through your study of economic principles and models, you’ll learn how to extract the essential features of complex systems, providing useable frameworks for evaluation
    • Critical thinking: You’ll assess arguments, make judgements, formulate reasoned debates and generate feasible solutions
    • Communication: You’ll develop advanced communication skills that enable you to communicate with a variety of audiences and in different settings
    • Research: You’ll undertake an integrated programme of research skills training, teaching you how to source, evaluate and use different forms of information and data
    • Organisation: Through a rigorous assessment schedule and a compulsory dissertation module in your final year, you’ll learn the essentials of time management, prioritisation and how to be well organised
    • Collaboration: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with others and nurture your emotional intelligence, developing a professional attitude

    Helping you find the right career

    We have a dedicated Employability and Placement Manager who’ll provide you with one-to-one careers guidance. They work in collaboration with employers, so you’ll be supported in securing appropriate work placements. You’ll have access to specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation, as well as on-going support during your placement.

    You’ll also have access to the University’s Student Opportunity resources (including careers counselling, employment advice, and job fairs).

    Find out more about careers support at Warwick.


    Life at Warwick

    Within a close-knit community of staff and students from all over the world, discover a campus alive with possibilities. A place where all the elements of your student experience come together in one place. Our supportive, energising, welcoming space creates the ideal environment for forging new connections, having fun and finding inspiration.

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    Warwick Accommodation

    Finding the right accommodation is key to helping you settle in quickly.

    We have 12 self-catering undergraduate halls of residence on campus.

    Our student property management and lettings agency manages more than 8,000 rooms both on and off campus, and provides advice to all full-time undergraduates.

    Explore Warwick Accommodation

    Our campus

    You won't be short of ways to spend your time on campus - whether it's visiting Warwick Arts Centre, using our incredible new sports facilities, socialising in our bars, nightclub and cafés, or enjoying an open-air event. Or if you need some peace and quiet, you can explore lakes, woodland and green spaces just a few minutes’ walk from central campus.

    Explore our campus

    Food and drink

    We have lots of cafés, restaurants and shops on campus. You can enjoy great quality food and drink, with plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets. There is a convenience store on central campus, as well as two supermarkets and a small shopping centre in the nearby Cannon Park Retail Park. Several of them offer delivery services to help you stay stocked up.

    And don't miss our regular food market day on the Piazza with tempting, fresh and delicious street food. Soak up the atmosphere and try something new, with mouth-watering food for all tastes.

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    Clubs and societies

    We currently have more than 300 student-run societies.

    So whether you’re into films, martial arts, astronomy, gaming or musical theatre, you can instantly connect with people with similar interests.

    Or you could try something new, or even form your own society.

    Explore our societies


    Sports and fitness

    Staying active at Warwick is no sweat, thanks to our amazing new Sports and Wellness Hub, indoor and outdoor tennis centre, 60 acres of sports pitches, and more than 60 sports clubs.

    Whether you want to compete, relax or just have fun, you can achieve your fitness goals.

    Explore sports at Warwick

    Studying on campus

    Our campus is designed to cater for all of your learning needs.

    You will benefit from a variety of flexible, well-equipped study spaces and teaching facilities across the University.

    • The Oculus, our outstanding learning hub, houses state-of-the-art lecture theatres and innovative social learning and network areas.
    • The University Library provides access to over one million printed works and tens of thousands of electronic journals
    • Three Learning Grids offering you flexible individual and group study spaces.

    Studying at Warwick

    Local Life

    Travel and local area

    Our campus is in Coventry, a modern city with high street shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars sitting alongside medieval monuments. The Warwickshire towns of Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are also nearby.

    The University is close to major road, rail and air links. London is just an hour by direct train from Coventry, with Birmingham a 20-minute trip. Birmingham International Airport is nearby (a 20-minute drive).

    Travelling from campus

    Support and Wellbeing

    Wellbeing support and faith provision

    Our continuous support network is here to help you adjust to student life and to ensure you can easily access advice on many different issues. These may include managing your finances and workload, and settling into shared accommodation. We also have specialist disability and mental health support teams.

    Our Chaplaincy is home to Chaplains from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. We provide regular services for all Christian denominations and a Shabbat meal every Friday for our Jewish students. There is also an Islamic prayer hall, halal kitchen and ablution facilities.

    Student support


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