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Overview Understanding the building blocks for an informed society

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Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Education is increasingly seen as essential to an informed society and as the driver for economic growth, social harmony and personal well-being. Explore the ideas underpinning the education system and the environment it operates in, and challenge your views about topics debated in society.

By combining two distinctive but intertwined subjects, you’ll gain a deep understanding of education and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments - attributes valued by potential employers. You'll also get to tailor your degree to your interests and use your skills to carry out research in an area you’re passionate about.

Taught across two world-class departments (The Education Department and The Sociology Department) -both are ranked in the UK's top ten for research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course content What you’ll study


The course progresses from broad to specialist topics and comprises an equal number of sociology and education modules. You'll develop preferences and expertise in the later years, leading up to your 10,000 word dissertation.

Our teaching is led by our research, covering real-world issues in a wide range of multidisciplinary subjects including equality, gender and sexuality, race, health, the body, education and society, psychological aspects of education, special educational needs and children’s modern fiction.

There are also opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.

Year 1

In the first year you'll be introduced to core aspects of sociology and education through the following four core modules:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll take core Sociology and Education modules, and gain grounding in research methods. You will also get to pursue your own interests, selecting two optional modules (one in Education and one in Sociology) from a wide range of subjects.

You'll take two core modules:

You'll also pick one Sociology module. Previous modules have included:

You'll also pick one Education module. Previous modules have included:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Year 3

You’ll study four optional modules and a sociology- or education-based dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

You'll choose two Sociology modules. Previous modules have included:

You'll also choose two Education modules. Previous modules have included:

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course. In your third year you can study in Europe for a semester as part of our Erasmus programme at:

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Konstanz, Germany
  • University of Trento, Italy

The University's exchange scheme also allows you to study abroad further afield in North America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically under 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor provides support and guidance throughout your studies - offering weekly feedback and guidance hours.

Research-led teaching

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of diverse sociological areas - such as science and technology, language and interaction, culture and new media, gender and sexuality, health, medicine and the body, urban studies and criminology. As world-leading experts in their field, our staff are internationally recognised  thought-leaders, and our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching.


Your first year work doesn't contribute towards your final degree classification. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop during the first year of their degree.

From Year Two onward, formal assessments will contribute toward your degree. In Year Three your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.

  • Assessments range from essays to group presentations and portfolios to examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be on a topic that interests to you. An academic supervisor will support you through your research.


94 percent of final year students said their experience in the Department has been enhanced by the quality of the teaching on their course as well as the enthusiasm of our lecturers (latest NSS).

Careers Where you’ll go from here

You'll develop skills valued by a broad range of careers including teaching, publishing, charity work, construction of learning environments, design of learning resources and more. A significant proportion of our graduates also go on to teacher training at primary and secondary levels and their first degree in Sociology and Education at York enables them to continue their academic study at prestigious institutions in the UK. A number of students have also secured alternative pathways into teaching and education, including Teach First.

The course includes employability skills development giving you the practical skills that employers are looking for in graduate recruits.

Career opportunities

Some of the early career examples for our graduates include:

  • Workforce analyst for the NHS
  • Employment skills worker for a charity
  • Press assistant for a PR agency
  • Head of student support for a training agency

Transferable skills

You’ll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. You’ll develop skills in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively, and considering different viewpoints

Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you'll have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to lots of different industries.


Many of our students organise work placements out of term time in an area that interests them. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you. Previously, students have worked on projects that involved the creation of learning resources for young refugees in collaboration with Refugee Action York. Another project included the development of a museum guidebook which involved developing activities for children based around exhibits in the Yorkshire Museum.

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Mature students are welcomed and applications considered individually.

How to apply

A-levels and GCSEs


Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAABB at Higher Level

AB at Advanced Higher Level


BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM.

Information on other qualifications

International options

European Baccalaureate

An overall average of 75% 

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall

Irish Leaving Certificate


Country-specific advice

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally asked to provide evidence of English language ability. Exceptions may be made where an applicant's other qualifications provide sufficient evidence of ability to use English in an academic setting at degree level.

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in all units or equivalent

Other accepted tests and qualifications

Unistats for this course

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