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BA (Hons) Sociology

UCAS Code:
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
104 - 120
Southampton City Centre
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Sociology – or the study of human society – asks difficult questions about the everyday. As a sociology student here at Solent, you’ll develop an understanding of your own biography as well as cultural and political issues that shape individual and collective experiences.

The programme provides a practical learning experience that enables students to become independent and collaborative learners. Covering issues of power, politics and identity, sociology through the life course, education, media, embodiment, social inequalities, and race and ethnicity, you will develop knowledge of sociological theories and methods that will enable you to critically understand social inequality and social justice. This knowledge alongside development of key skills can be applied to a diverse range of careers.

This video 'Why study BA (Hons) Sociology' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

This is a contemporary and exciting course which gives you the sociological knowledge and skills needed to develop a critical and informed perspective on social inequalities and social justice. You will assess evidence and research that enables you to question existing policies and practice and apply sociological thinking to addressing social issues at both a local and global level. You will do this by learning to question practices and develop analytical skills to address social problems.

The skills you learn and develop in sociology can be used in a diverse range of careers. For example, being a critical thinker and being able to assess different viewpoints, asking critical questions about social issues has meant that employers in a range of sectors see sociology degrees as desirable. More specifically, sociology graduates develop communication skills, analytical skills, and cross cultural understanding, which can be utilised in a number of employment opportunities.

Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

Who is this course for?

Sociology is a course for students who are interested in questioning the society in which they live. Students who want to study sociology should be interested in asking questions about social justice, social change so that they develop a better understanding of global social problems. Studying this course, you'll develop a broad set of critical, analytical and information skills.

What does this course lead to?

Sociology graduates go on to some of the most exciting careers around. In 2015 a British Council study found that nearly half of the most successful leaders in the world had studied social sciences! This programme does not only equip you to go on to diverse careers such as media, education, criminal justice, charity and non-profit, government, administration and hospitality. Through the opportunities for networking, and extra-curricular activities, you can build a CV and experience whilst studying that will set you on the path to success in whatever you choose to do.

Meet the team

Students are taught in engaging seminars and workshops by academics with a broad range of expertise, and will be encouraged and facilitated to apply their theoretical knowledge to real world problems.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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