3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
ABB (full entry requirements)
September 2024 (semester dates)
£9,250 per year
£23,700 per year
Times Higher Education’s ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2021
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
according to Complete University Guide (CUG) 2024.
Examine how our actions are altered by our social environment, and explore the values, ideas and beliefs that shape our lives.
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.
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 dissertation.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
There are opportunities to spend time in industry as part of this 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.
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 also study three option modules. In previous years, options have included topics such as:
You will also study three option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
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.
|UK (home)||International and EU|
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.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 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.
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
Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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.
Our sociology-focused courses consist of a mixture of classroom-based lectures, seminars, and supervisor meetings.
Our research-informed curriculum will provide you with the ability to think critically, develop effective solutions to various work-based problems, and work both independently and as part of a team.
You’ll be taught in a range of specialist subject areas, allowing you to delve deeply into complex topics, explore a whole spectrum of social issues, and develop a resilient, adaptable and challenging mindset that will aid you both within, and beyond, your study.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||7-8 hours per week|
|Seminars||4 hours per week|
These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during semesters. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
You will be based in the Department of Sociology on Campus East. Most of your teaching will take place at various locations across Campus East.
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 - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can use the fast and frequent bus service. Take a campus tour.
As you progress through your course, you'll complete a range of assessments designed to help you develop the skills you need to be an effective scholar. Most of your assessments will be essays, with a few closed exams depending on what modules you take.
You’ll submit summative work, which counts towards your final degree score, and formative work, which doesn’t count towards your final grade but gives you the chance to practice techniques and identify areas to improve. We’ll provide detailed feedback on the work you submit, supporting you to develop your academic skills.
We’ll help you focus your career goals, gain valuable experience, and meet the right employers. You’ll also have the opportunity to undergo internships, take part in volunteering, and even pursue a year away from York, either as a placement year or studying abroad.
Our dedicated Placements Coordinator, Employability Manager and our Careers and Employability Coordinator for Sociology will help you work out what you want to do and how you’re going to get there. By the time you finish your course, you’ll have a whole host of skills, experience and contacts that will prove invaluable in any workplace.
|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|
|T levels||We will consider a range of T Level qualifications for entry. Please visit our dedicated T Levels page for a full list of accepted T Levels.|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||Scottish Highers - ABBBB Advanced Highers - not required for entry We may also be able to consider three Advanced Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers, where an applicant does not meet the grade requirement through Highers alone. Please contact us to discuss your qualifications.|
|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 three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. 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 (Academic)||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|Cambridge CEFR||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|Oxford ELLT||7, with a minimum of 6 in each component|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 105 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C / Grade 4|
|LanguageCert SELT||B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|LanguageCert Academic||B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component|
|KITE||459 Main Flight score with 426 in each component|
|Skills for English||B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit 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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