BA (Hons)



Sociology is an exciting and vibrant subject that explores the social issues impacting our fast-moving world. Whether it’s tackling topics like gender and sexuality, crime, or inequalities, Sociology’s focus on people and cultures is key to understanding the challenges and opportunities of our current landscape.

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Course overview

As a discipline, sociology encompasses everything that falls within the social realm, from the family, class, and ethnicity, to work, religion, and politics. Sociologists are always asking new questions and as a student at Winchester you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to answer them with confidence.

Over the course of three years, you’ll examine a wide range of sociological issues and learn how to apply theories and concepts to contemporary situations and debates. Sociology at Winchester provides you with a grounding in the major areas of sociology, as well as offering opportunities to study specialist topics, such as beauty, terrorism, social movements, disability, and the environment.

In your third year, with training in research methods like interviews, questionnaires, and secondary research under your belt, you’ll be able to undertake your own research project to investigate what interests you the most. Recent students have explored topics as diverse as social media and body image, educational inequalities, climate change policies, grime music subcultures, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter activism, and masculinity in TV and film.

If you are intrigued by how and why people interact as they do, what brings them together and tears them apart, and just where you fit into society, then a Sociology degree will give you the tools and knowledge to answer those questions.

As a sociologist you’ll quickly develop important skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking. Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on employability and the practical application of skills, opening up a wide range of people-focused careers in areas such as teaching, marketing, criminal justice, and human resources. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionate about their subjects, through a range of interactive and practical methods. We invite external speakers and professionals to share their expertise with you in classes, and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake work experience and volunteering for credit.

If you are intrigued by how and why people interact as they do, what brings them together and tears them apart, and just where you fit into society, then a Sociology degree will give you the tools and knowledge to answer those questions.

As a sociologist you’ll quickly develop important skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking. Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on employability and the practical application of skills, opening up a wide range of people-focused careers in areas such as teaching, marketing, criminal justice, and human resources. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionate about their subjects, through a range of interactive and practical methods. We invite external speakers and professionals to share their expertise with you in classes, and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake work experience and volunteering for credit.

What you need to know

Course start date



Winchester campus

Course length

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich
  • 5 years part-time



Typical offer

96-112 points


From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Sociology achieved more than 95% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2020 National Student Survey
  • Benefit from interactive and engaging teaching, delivered by experienced lecturers
  • Gain valuable real-world experience through our volunteering and teaching modules
  • Graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands key issues relating to identity, equality, and diversity

Course details

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours
Placement: 48 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.


Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Year 1 (Level 4)*

74% coursework
13% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)

76% coursework
9% written exams
15% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*

91% coursework
8% written exams
1% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to


Becoming a Sociologist

This module is designed to introduce students to the opportunities for working as a sociologist and continuing their sociological journey beyond university. The module assists students to identify their existing employability skills and develop a personal development plan to take with them through their university journey, with a view to becoming an in-demand graduate. Students will benefit from contributions from Careers staff and practitioners to understand the opportunities for employment in fields that use sociological knowledge and skills. By working individually and in groups, students will develop presentation, IT, and writing skills that will enable them to progress in their degree and intended careers.

Issues and Debates in Social Policy

This module explores the topic of social policy. It is a topic that is wide in scope, and you will become familiar with how significant it is to meeting our basic human needs (welfare/wellbeing).

As we progress through the module, you will learn about the welfare state along with some of the key areas of social policy.  We are going to cover areas such as: income maintenance, housing, and crime, justice and punishment.

In addition to developing your knowledge and understanding of important social-policy issues, you will learn how to work in a group effectively as well as becoming familiar with an innovative way of disseminating information that academics use at conferences – the poster presentation. At the end of the module, you will realise how social policies affect all of our lives.        

The Family and Intimate Relationships

This module explores the nature of family membership and how this has changed over time. It will examine what families actually do, focusing on emotional intimacy, caring and economic exchange. We will look at the trends in marriage, cohabitation and divorce since the 1970s. You will explore the nature and extent of inequality within families. In addition, we will explore the dark side of the family, looking at domestic abuse, forced marriages and ‘honour’ killings.                       

The Sociological Imagination

This module introduces students to the discipline of sociology and outlines its core principles and approaches. It considers the dominant narrative of our subject, as the product of European Enlightenment rationalism, and reflects on what that story misses out and overlooks. Students will be introduced to conflict, functionalist, and expressionist theories and key elements of sociological thinking such as structure and agency, the public and the private, and the micro and the macro. In doing so they will develop their critical thinking skills. The sociological concern with power and its operations in society will be explored, and students will learn to evaluate the contributions of different traditions of sociological thought. Through a focus on learning to think sociologically, this module is designed to develop students’ academic skills of reading, researching, referencing and writing.

Health Inequalities

Health is an important aspect of an individual as well as a society as a whole. In this module, you will gain an insight into the concepts of health and illness, but also learn about the social aspects of health inequality.

Despite the advent of globalisation that has seen improvements in social and economic conditions, there is still an unequal pattern of ill health (including mental health) in the UK and across the globe. You will also examine the theoretical theories to help explain the existence of health inequality (artefact, natural and social selection, material/structural and cultural explanations) as well as how medicine constructs illness categories. In addition, you will become familiar with healthcare systems and issues to do with accessing them both in the UK and from a global perspective.

Consumption, Culture and Fashion

In this module, you will learn about a range of different sociological perspectives on the origins and development of consumption as a significant area of social and cultural life. You will learn about how consumption, fashion and culture are used in the production of social identities in relation to age, class, gender, race and sexuality, and in turn, how these social identities influence cultural practices of consumption and fashion. You will critically assess the degree of ‘free choice’ that consumerism offers individual men and women in their everyday lives, and learn to critically reflect on your own consumption practices.        

Identity, Equality and Diversity

This module is designed to help you engage with concepts of identity, equality and diversity, which are terms often used within contemporary society. Using different settings and examples the module aims to explore the key issues of diversity within communities. Why do we as a society, feel that issues of equality and diversity matter? This module will explore this subject from a range of theoretical perspectives. The module will also tackle the issue of rights and responsibilities, and confidentiality of information.   

Introduction to Criminology

Criminology is considered as a ‘rendezvous’ but specialist discipline; a study of crime and criminal activity that serves as a meeting point for Social Science disciplines.

This module introduces and explores the various disciplinary approaches to the study of crime. However, it will have as its starting point an exploration of common-sense and everyday perceptions and the social construction of crime, as well as the representation of crime and the criminal justice system. The module will also begin to introduce and explore the range and scope of issues and topics examined by the specialist discipline of Criminology.

The module will conclude by introducing students to some of the Criminology related initiatives and interventions currently at the University, such as the ‘Innocence Project’, ‘ Prison Theatre productions’ and community based initiatives. This will also introduce students to the notion and opportunities for volunteering as part of the University wide initiative and policy.


Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation

In this module we will consider how societal and ‘natural’ environments interact. Global environmental problems such as climate change, industrial disasters and the decline of ecological habitats have led to calls for urgent changes to the dominant understanding of social, economic and human development. Particular aspects of globalisation are mediated expressions of the world-spanning conditions under which accounts of environmental concerns are produced. Concepts such as sustainable development and environmental injustice depict alternative environmental approaches to human-societal development. The module provides an overview of sociological approaches to the current issues from classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives, such as Risk Society (Beck 1992) and Social Constructionism (Hannigan 2014). It enables the development of critical thinking about a number of topics concerned with the interface between the environment, climate change, globalisation, society and our everyday life. 

Age and Social Change

This module will provide an overview of the major issues of aging in society. In this module, we will discuss age as a social division, understanding age as a social construct and the implications of ageing populations. The main aim of this module is to understand human aging in a broad context including the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, culture, and other factors as they impact the life course and the aging experience. This module will give you an insight into different sociological theories on the different life stages and inequalities that come with them, starting with the study of youth. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach and will cover the process of ageing in contemporary societies in global, national and local contexts.

Race, Ethnicity and Migration

This module introduces students to a comparative sociological study of race, racism, ethnicity, and migration. It traces the origins and development of the concept of race by exploring the importance of slavery and European colonialism in producing modern understandings of race and racial difference. It explores the role of race as a major source of social divisions and aims to show the significance of racism in the reproduction of structural inequalities and exclusions.

Race/ethnic categories vary significantly across time and place and it is crucial to explore national and global empirical examples to gain a critical understanding.  Therefore, an important aspect of this course is its focus on the global dimensions and manifestations of racism, ethnicity and migration. The module will address a range of contemporary debates related to ‘race’ and ethnicity such as racism, multiculturalism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, nationalism and national identity.

Applied Research Skills

This module explores the various ways that social scientists understand and investigate the social world. It offers you an insight into the various ways of conducting research. You will learn about the importance of ethics and how to become an ethically-responsible researcher. As well, you will learn about the various techniques used to collect and analyse information. By the end of the module, you will have the knowledge and skills to produce a research proposal for your third-year dissertation.

Gender and Sexualities

This module takes a contemporary look into gender and sexuality. It examines the biological and social constructionist explanations of sex, sexuality and gender. There is a focus on masculine and feminine identities, along with how they differ across cultures.

The module also looks at forms of sexuality and how ideas about human sexuality have undergone some significant changes over the last few decades, especially within western societies. There has, for example, been a relaxing of attitudes towards gay and lesbian couples in relation to marriage (civil partnerships). Some other areas covered within the module are sex work and the global sex industry.

Designing Social Research

As the study of people, whether individually or as part of groups and organisations, sociology is rooted in an empirical tradition of research that identifies patters and trends in otherwise seemingly random phenomena. In doing so it generates and tests theories that help us to explain how society works. This module introduces students to the key principles of social research as they apply to sociology. It familiarises students with the relationship between sociological theory and sociological research and helps them to understand how the ideas they encounter in academic books and journal articles come into being. Students will learn what makes good social research, how different traditions of research produce different kinds of data, and how to design research projects to answer pressing sociological questions.

Optional modules
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies 15 Credits
  • Work Placement for Sociology 15 Credits



This module represents the culmination of your sociology degree and provides the opportunity for you to undertake a research project of your own. You will identify a sociologically-relevant topic of interest, and devise appropriate research questions to answer. On the basis of your topic and research questions, and with the guidance of your supervisor, you will design, conduct, and write up a primary or secondary research project. Drawing on sociological literature, theories, and concepts you will present an analysis of your chosen topic and present your data and findings in a professional and academic written format.

Substance Use and Misuse

This module explores the use and misuse of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and other substances from sociological, cultural, criminological, and policy perspectives. With a particular focus on the ‘context of use’ such as capitalism and social structure, the module will critically examine the use and misuse of different substances. We engage with diverse theoretical perspectives (e.g. the Culture of Intoxication and Calculated Hedonism; Social Conflict; Sub-culture) and debates related to substance use such as: dependency and addiction; education and treatment (e.g. zero-tolerance vs. harm reduction); decriminalisation, legalisation and social control. We explore evidence for the negative consequences of substance use for individuals and societies. We also consider the social meaning of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and other substances and their consumption as part of recreational ‘lifestyle’ choices linked to rave and club culture and other leisure activities.

Optional modules
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media  15 credits
  • Conflict and Humanitarian Crises  15 credits
  • Social Movements and Collective Action in the Internet Age  15 credits
  • Disability and Society  15 credits
  • Sociology Independent Project  15 credits
  • Global Spaces of Education  15 credits
  • Work Placement for Sociology  15 credits
  • Identity, Equality and Crime  15 credits

Entry requirements

96-112 points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

A-Levels: CCC-BBC from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. CCC is comparable to BCD in terms of tariff points)
BTEC/CTEC: MMM-DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
T Level: Pass (C or above on the core) in a T Level

Additionally, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on the UCAS website which may be of interest.

300-320 International points required

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by contacting our International Recruitment Team via our International Apply Pages.

2024 Course Tuition Fees

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 


Year 1 £9,250 £16,700
Year 2 £9,250 £16,700
Year 3 £9,250 £16,700
Total £27,750 £50,100
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,850 £3,340
Total with Sandwich Year £29,600 £53,440

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

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.

UK 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £139.14 and a 15 credit module is £2,087.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


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. Indicative cost is £50.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.


Learning to think critically about social problems and understanding what connects and divides diverse groups of people gives you a head start in many modern employment fields. Graduates find jobs 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.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

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