BA (Hons) Sociology

Sociology at Winchester examines a broad range of sociological issues, ranging from the micro to the macro level. Study on the programme is not just concerned with the UK, but also explores global issues, engaging with our increasingly globalised world.

BA (Hons) Sociology at University of Winchester

UCAS codes: L300

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

For further details, click here

Additional costs:


  • Field trips: In previous years, first year students have been on a study tour of the Houses of Parliament; second year students visited the British Library in London.Cost up to £50.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Europe (Finland) via Erasmus; Asia (South Korea)

Field trips:

In previous years, first year students have been on a study tour of the Houses of Parliament; second year students visited the British Library in London; and students from across the course have had the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Berlin.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Student Satisfaction:

Our students have expressed outstanding levels of satisfaction in the course overall.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Studying sociology involves continuous interplay between matters of concern in society and concepts and theories of society. Sociological study is not just concerned with the UK, it explores global issues too. This is important because of the ever-increasing globalised world. The programme is ideal for students with an inquiring mind who value the freedom to think and want to develop and enrich their 'sociological imagination'.

Studying Sociology at Winchester allows students to explore a range of sociological issues; for example: health; illness and disability; crime and deviance; sexuality and gender; migration; race and ethnicity; religion; social policy; community development; research methods; social inequalities; youth; terrorism and war; climate change; and demographic changes.

Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on the practical application of skills, and students are taught by engaging experts who are active researchers and passionate about their subjects. Additionally, external speakers and experts visit the University to share their knowledge and experience, thereby creating links with other sociologists and professionals.

The programme aims to enhance students' employability prospects by providing them with a broad range of transferable skills and knowledge such as teamwork, communication skills, showing initiative, being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace, and working under pressure.

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Employability and University Skills
  • Understanding Society and the Uses of Sociology
  • Issues and Debates in Social Policy
  • Health Inequalities
  • Introduction to Criminology 1: Perceptions and Perspectives
  • The Family and Intimate Relationships
  • Consumption, Culture and Fashion
  • Identity, Equality and Diversity

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Disability and Society
  • Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society
  • Youth and Social Change

Optional modules include:

  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies
  • Volunteering
  • Value Studies

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Social Movements and Collective Action in the Internet Age
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism

Optional modules include:

  • Portrayals of Crime and Deviance
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media
  • Animals and Sociology
  • Global South: Politics, Inequaility and (In) Security
  • China: 21st Century Challenges
  • The Politics of Food Production, Distribution and Consumption

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The Sociology course has been designed in a way which brings alive topics through a range of learning experiences both within the classroom and through external visits. The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

The Sociology programme adopts a diverse range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided reading exercises, independent study, group work, debates and individual project supervision. These teaching methods are designed to support students learning and progression, from initial support and guidance in Year 1 to more independent and self-directed study in Year 3.

As students progress, they are encouraged to develop and implement a more critical stance to sociological theories, findings and approaches. Students acquire a range of generic and subject-specific skills and abilities such as written and oral communication, and develop effective analysis, argument, interpretation and evaluation skills.

The Sociology programme places great emphasis on the quality of teaching. Discussions of teaching and learning are fixed agenda items at the Sociology Programme Committee. This Committee has student representatives on it from each year. They highly value the views of students, as it helps the programme to maintain a high-quality teaching and learning environment.

The programme also actively encourages students to form learning and befriending groups to assist with the formation of friendships immediately and to make learning a social and interactive experience. These are small groups of students who meet on a regular basis to discuss sociological issues. Students find these learning and befriending groups rewarding and enriching. The programme also organises various social events over the year. This helps students integrate fully into university life and to get to know fellow sociologists from different years.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

You will be taught by experts who are active researchers and passionate about their subjects, they are also experienced teachers who enjoy engaging students.

There are also outside speakers and experts coming into the University to share knowledge and experience, thereby creating links with other sociologists and professionals.

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 75% of a module and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library


Students are expected to write essays and reports, sit examinations, give presentations and debate issues for example. Students are made aware of assessment matters at the beginning of a module through the module guide. 

Timely feedback is given to students in writing within three weeks, with the principal aim of helping them to improve their performance in the future. Internal moderation takes place for every module, with a sample of assignments also forwarded to the External Examiner for scrutiny. All marks are provisional until confirmed by the Examination Board in the summer.

The External Examiner said that the diversity and depth of curriculum is a particular strength of this programme and students on this programme benefit from a personalised approach and have opportunities to develop individual learning styles. The External Examiner also recommends the programme for its creative input into the design of a fascinating curriculum that will enable students to have a comprehensive grasp of contemporary 'lived' sociology in all its dimensions.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates have gained employment in teaching, graduate management schemes, human resources, the civil service, national and local Government, the police, voluntary agencies, youth and community work, and the caring professions.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA. While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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