Sociology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

The degree programme is of an excellent quality, incorporating a wide range of modules, making it both challenging and interesting.

Why Surrey?

As the world grows more complex, so too does the challenge of understanding the intricate ways in which contemporary societies work. Study Sociology at Surrey and you will join one of the UK’s most prestigious sociology departments where we will encourage you to apply your intellect to the study of large-scale social trends, the significance of key social institutions and the subtleties of everyday behaviour, lifestyles and identities.

Programme overview

Our rigorous, varied and highly enjoyable Sociology programme is delivered by world-leading experts who keep the content and approach up-to-date.

Using a range of teaching and assessment methods we put your learning into context and include individual and group projects that enable you to make your own new contributions to the discipline.

We will share our world-leading knowledge of research design and methodology, allowing you to become an expert in observation, interviews, statistics and textual analysis.

You will also develop a detailed understanding of sociological explanations for micro and macro social processes across a range of absorbing topic areas.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

Sociology at the University of Surrey emphasises the development of your practical and analytical skills in addressing contemporary sociological problems.

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods, including small group tutorials, projects and workshops, as well as lectures and classes. We find that our students learn most effectively in this environment, and projects will contribute to the development of your personal skills in leadership, effective communication and analytical ability.

You will develop sophisticated skills in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research. You can take advantage of the Department’s excellent facilities, range of audiovisual equipment and networked computer suite, all available to aid your studies.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You have the opportunity to spend the full academic year on an exchange study placement at the University of Maryland in the USA, replacing your second year at Surrey.

Depending on your preference, you may decide to choose one of our European partner universities, such as Copenhagen University (Denmark), with Erasmus+ funding for one semester of your Professional Training placement.

We also have exchanges with:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Seoul National University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Victoria, Wellington

If you are more interested in a professional experience, you could have the chance to work for a partner organisation in a foreign country.

The advantages of participating in such exchanges are numerous. Of course, it is an exciting experience but it is also the chance for you to enhance your academic and professional profile.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our Professional Training placement programme gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment whilst receiving training and undertaking projects with real responsibilities.

Companies and organisations that have participated in the scheme include:

  • Home Office
  • House of Lords
  • Metropolitan Police
  • British Market Research Bureau
  • Guildford Pupil Referral Unit
  • Marks & Spencer
  • IBM

Graduate prospects

Sociology graduates are found across a wide range of occupational areas, with the skills they acquire useful in many different roles.

However, many are attracted to careers that enable them to use directly aspects of their degree studies, applying what they have learned and the skills gained whilst an undergraduate.

This centres on an interest in society and the challenges and demands that members of a society face.

Our Sociology degree will prepare you for a wide range of jobs which require the ability to analyse complex issues and reach policy conclusions.

Our graduates are in a strong position in the job market because they have good analytical skills, are numerate and communicate well.

A recent report from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (2013) confirmed the good employability record of social science (including sociology) graduates, which were even better than those graduating in arts and humanities and science subjects.

Depending on what kinds of courses you concentrate on, you can use sociology to develop expertise for a range of different occupations. Specifically:

  • It provides the knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a professional degree in the public sector, business, education, health and medicine, social work, or counselling
  • It offers preparation for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration
  • It provides the strong research skills preparation needed for positions in business, social services and government
  • It is a first step for future graduate study in sociology and allied disciplines in order to become a researcher or lecturer

Given the broad education that a degree in sociology offers, one of its virtues is flexibility in the job market. Actual entry-level job titles of recent sociology graduates show this diversity:

  • Programme assistant for a social service agency
  • Teacher
  • Programmer
  • Production coordinator for a publishing firm
  • Social worker
  • Communications technician for a telecommunications company
  • Sales representative
  • Government analyst
  • Health intake counsellor
  • Operations planner for a defence firm

The occupations of alumni who have been in the workforce for a few years reveal even more opportunities. Some examples are:

  • Magazine editor
  • Contract and grants administrator
  • Attorney
  • Personnel manager
  • Probation officer
  • Career counsellor
  • Marketing director
  • Information specialist
  • Senior lecturer
  • Political consultant

Additional costs

There are no associated costs with with programme.

Optional expenses

Occasional optional trips to London or within Surrey will be organised by the School which may incur travel costs - £60 approx.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or Equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB. 

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years L300 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years L301 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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