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BA (Hons) Sociology with Social Psychology

Understand how people interact in the social world

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

L392

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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Explore how the individual and the social environment influence each other. Understand how identities, choices and actions are shaped by interactions with other people, society and culture.

Delve deep into the significance of personality, values and mind and their interplay with social activity. Learn how to think critically and craft arguments - attributes valued by employers.

You’ll be taught by academics actively involved in research that changes the world, in the UK’s number one ranked Sociology Department for research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014), and use your skills to carry out research in an area you are passionate about.

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Student satisfaction

94% of final year students said their experience was enhanced by the quality of teaching and the enthusiasm of our lecturers. (National Student Survey)

Research excellence

Sociology at York is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality. (REF 2014)

The strong support I received from the staff throughout my course and their willingness to listen to student opinions is what I believe makes Sociology at York so excellent.
Hannah, BA Sociology with Social Psychology. More student views.

Course content

Our teaching is led by our research and addresses real-world issues. The course progresses from broad to specialist topics, comprising two thirds Sociology modules and one third Psychology modules. You'll develop a sociological perspective on how identities, choices and actions are shaped by technologies, sexuality, institutions, culture, and interactions with others.

As you progress you'll focus your studies, choosing optional modules to develop your expertise. In your final year you'll undertake independent research leading to a 10,000-word dissertation.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course. You can study at a leading European university for a semester in your third year as part of our Erasmus programme.

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

Year 1

In the first year you are introduced to foundations of Sociology and Social Psychology through four core modules.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll take specialist Social Psychology modules and gain grounding in research methods. You will also get to pursue your own interests selecting two optional modules from a wide range of subjects.

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose two of the following modules:

Year 3

The focus of your final year will be your Dissertation. You'll work with an academic supervisor to identify and interrogate an original research question, writing up your results in a 10,000-word extended essay.

You'll study one core module which explores the latest social psychology research on topics of relevance to contemporary society. In addition, you'll choose three optional modules, exploring themes including art, migration, and death.

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose three of the following modules:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Define, interpret and explain everyday social issues and their complex implications for individual lives, social groups and institutions through sociological and social psychological theories and evidence.
  • Access, evaluate and critically review evidence for sociological and social psychological claims concerning social issues in order to present reasoned arguments.
  • Systematically interrogate and challenge taken-for-granted assumptions in order to contribute to critical analyses of social life.
  • Design and implement ethically responsible research that draws on appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative skills to produce empirically rigorous analysis of sociological and social psychological issues.
  • Critically synthesise and confidently communicate multi-faceted sociological and social psychological arguments in appropriate formats and via a range of media and digital technologies.
  • Work creatively in teams by cooperating with others in a manner which recognises diverse views, values and the cultural position of others.
"At the end of my first year I got the opportunity to travel to New York City, making fabulous new friends and getting to study a great course at Mount Holyoke College over the summer."
Kate, BA Sociology with Social Psychology Graduate

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

Additional costs

You may choose to buy textbooks, but this is not required. You may also incur some minor costs through occasional printing or photocopying, and the production of your final year dissertation.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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. Our internationally-recognised staff are leaders in their fields, and their expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars216 hours
(18%)
156 hours
(13%)
108 hours
(9%)
Independent study984 hours
(82%)
1044 hours
(87%)
1092 hours
(91%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Sociology on Campus West. You will be taught at a variety of locations across Campus West.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your first year work doesn't contribute toward 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 contribute toward your final degree mark. In your third year, 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 sociological topic that interests you. An academic supervisor will support you through your research.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams50%45%0%
Coursework50%55%100%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Careers and skills

Over 80 per cent of our graduates are working or in further study six months after completing their studies. Many of them secure jobs as a result of their first-hand experience from their internships and work placements.

One of the biggest myths about Sociology degrees is that they are non-vocational. In fact, a degree in Sociology successfully prepares you for many different careers.

Many of our students organise work placements out of term time, for example at North Yorkshire Youth Commision, York Crown Court and Refugee Action York. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you. 

Our graduates forge successful careers all over the world. Some go on to work in criminal justice, the media, and education – others in social research, health and welfare services, and the charity sector.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by sectors including:

  • Criminal justice, policing and law
  • Social research
  • Education
  • Media and creative industries
  • Health and cultural services
  • Charity sector

Transferable skills

As a Sociology student, 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
  • 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.

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

ABB

BTEC BTEC Extended National Diploma DDM
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 75%
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAABB at Higher Level
AB at Advanced Higher Level

English language

If English is not your first language you may be asked to provide evidence of your ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (Taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components

Other accepted tests and qualifications

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Mature students are welcomed and applications will be considered individually.

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