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The BSc Sociology blends local and global sociological perspectives to examine contemporary social issues and transformations, ranging from environmental risks and climate change, to the intensification of inequalities, and imaginings of the future. Students will graduate with the skills and mindset appropriate to tackling the challenges of 21st century society. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for one academic year.
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher).
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
Sociology is indispensable for understanding today’s interconnected yet unequal world. Our degree offers a truly global, de-centred and yet historically grounded curriculum, enabling students to flourish as independent and critical thinkers, capable of tackling urgent global challenges.
The degree includes core modules on social change, urban sociology, global issues, sociological perspectives on identities and research methods, complemented by options on topics including media, politics, youth, race, gender, love and sexuality, migration, work, technology, science and the future.
Our research-led curriculum is taught by world-leading sociologists. It will help you develop your own sociological identity and make you an asset to a range of 21st century employers as they navigate the dramatically changing socio-economic environment of the future.
Studying and living in the global city of London offers a unique opportunity for engaging with businesses, councils and third sector organisations through guest lectures, site visits and a work-based project in year 3; building skills, knowledge and networks invaluable for future employment.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The three-year degree offers a strong grounding in sociological theory and research methods, with a focus on how sociology can be applied to important contemporary issues. Our degree emphasises the strong inter-linkages between the local and the global, while giving you the ability to engage with and undertake qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. Completing a work-based project and a dissertation enables you to enhance your employability and tailor your study in your own areas of interest.
In Year 1, you will take three core modules in term 1 and three core modules in term 2 plus two optional modules.
Year 2 consists of three core modules in term 1 and two core modules in term 2, plus three optional modules
Finally, in Year 3, you will take the work-based study module and complete a dissertation plus four optional modules. There is also an opportunity to study abroad for a year (meaning you will complete four years of study in total).
A wide range of optional modules are available in the programme covering a huge variety of topics, as well as different methodological and epistemological approaches. These modules are led by staff who are world-leading in their research and scholarship.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sociology.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Our innovative teaching and assessment methods include the use of photo diaries, narrative walks, multimedia, and other approaches that will enable you to interact with the built and social environment.
Undergraduate students are expected to carry out 40 hours of study per week during term time, including the lectures and seminars. Much of this time will be independent personal study time – i.e. research, reading, writing, etc.
There are no lectures, seminars, or tutorials on Wednesday afternoons. This allows students to attend various activities available at UCL or elsewhere.
Assessment is through a mix of essays, photo-diaries, written examinations, practical exercises, a work-based report and a dissertation in the final year of study. The weight given to each assessment method varies across modules to ensure a manageable workload throughout the programme.
This degree will give you the edge in a dramatically changing world of work. The skills and mindset you develop will not only continue to be needed in an increasingly digital world, but will help you equip your employers to survive these and other social transformations.
A work-based project will help you to work collaboratively to apply theoretical approaches to real-world applications. Sociologists are employed in government and public administration, non-governmental organisations, charities and international development, teaching and research, business, innovation and design sectors, media, journalism and publishing, heath and welfare services, human resources and marketing and much more.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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