UCAS codes: L300
2016 Entry: 260-300 points
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.
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
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
2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)
2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900
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No extra costs. All mandatory trips included.
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Study abroad (optional):
USA; Europe (Finland) via Erasmus; Asia (South Korea)
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
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.
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.
- Employability and University Skills
- Issues and Debates in Social Policy
- Understanding Society and the Uses of Sociology
- Introduction to Criminology 1: Perceptions and Perspectives
- The Family and Intimate Relationships
- Identity, Equality and Diversity
- Health Inequalities
- Consumption, Culture and Fashion
- 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
- The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation
- Understanding Urban and Rural Societies
- Value Studies
- Gender and Sexualities
- Social Movements and Collective Action in the Internet Age
- Substance Use and Misuse
- Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism
- Portrayals of Crime and Deviance
- Globalisation, Beauty and the Media
- Animals and Sociology
- Geographies of Inequality
- European Culture and Institutions
- China: 21st Century Challenges
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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions
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.
You will be taught by experts who are active researchers and passionate about their subjects, they are also experienced teachers who enjoy engaging students.
Dr Ulrike Ziemer, Programme Leader
There are also outside speakers and experts coming into the University to share knowledge and experience, thereby creating links with other sociologists and professionals.
If a student attends less than 75% of a module and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.
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.