3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
ABB (full entry requirements)
September 2022(term dates)
£9,250 per year
£19,600 per year
Times Higher Education’s ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014
Examine how our actions are shaped by our social environment and explore the values, ideas and beliefs people hold, and the lives we live.
Understand how social, economic, political and cultural forces shape individuals. Challenge your views on topics debated in society and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers.
for Sociology (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021)
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Not only have I made great friends, but I am able to study things I genuinely have an interest in. The staff in the department are very approachable and are always willing to support every student. I feel like being a part of such a wonderful department has definitely contributed to my amazing time at university.Zoe, BA Sociology with Criminology. Learn more from Zoe.
Our teaching is led by our research covering real-world issues. Core modules in your first year will introduce you to the breadth of Sociology. You'll study the sociology of science, communication, sexuality, health, criminology and media.
You'll explore how technologies, gender, institutions, culture, and interactions with others shape our identities, choices and actions.
As you progress, you'll develop specialisms and expertise, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
In Year 1, you'll be introduced to classic and contemporary social theory, criminology and social psychology. You will learn the skills sociologists need, such as presentation and writing skills, while having your sociological imagination inspired and challenged.
You will take core modules which may include:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:
In your final year, you can follow your interests or investigate a new area of study. You'll also design and undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation.
You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
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.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2022/23 entry. If you take a placement year - for example a year abroad or a year in industry - you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
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.
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.
|Year in industry||Included in course fees||£0|
|Printing, photocopying and dissertation binding||Included in course fees||£0|
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
There are so many themes to the course. I've gone from learning about crime and gender, to examining areas like the role of the paranormal in society, and art, taste and social stratification. In my dissertation I focused on the cultural relevance of the TV show The Simpsons - it's been fascinating to learn how something so seemingly unimportant can actually influence our society!Robin, BA Sociology
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As you progress through your course, you'll take part in a range of activities designed to help you develop essential skills.
You'll develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career you choose.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, M2, M2|
|European Baccalaureate||An overall average of 75%|
|International Baccalaureate||34 points overall|
|International foundation programme||Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
|Core Maths||If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|LanguageCert International ESOL SELT||B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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