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About the course

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 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. 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

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.

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.

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. 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Social Sciences Foundation Year S003
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our  bursaries and  scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply

Part-time and distance learning courses 

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Big Questions in Sociology
    On this module you will reflect on the skills and knowledge that sociologists can apply to many sectors and careers, thinking about the value of sociology in diverse settings.
  • The Sociological Imagination
    Developing your own sociological imagination, the module provides an important introduction to sociological theory and how sociology can be used to analyse and make sense of everyday taken-for-granted experiences.
  • Power, Politics and Identity
    On this module you will learn about the formation of the British nation state, and ideas about democracy, social welfare, citizenship, secularism, nationalism, and neoliberalism.
  • Researching the City
    Through this module we will explore the key concepts in urban sociology and sensory methodology to investigate the city of Southampton in new and innovative ways.
  • Social Inequalities
    This module introduces social inequalities related to topics such as gender; ethnicity; social class; disability; health; age; nationality; religion, and sexuality by investigating social problems connected to topics such as poverty; homelessness; migration; unemployment; youth crime; gang violence and educational attainment.
  • Sociology and the Life Course
    Throughout the module you will discuss the ways in which our experiences of birth, childhood, youth, work, family, ageing and death are social constructions shaped by history and culture.

Year two

Core modules
  • Researching the Social World
    Through this module you will develop an understanding of research methods and research methodologies, as well as developing a set of practical research skills that you will use as a real world sociologist.
  • Big Data and Technology
    On this module you will question how data can be manipulated to tell a story that suits a particular social or political perspective.
  • Equity and Diversity at Work
    Though interactive workshops you will engage in a range of activities to help you explore key terms and debates around issues of equity, equality, diversity and discrimination.
  • Social Movements and Social Justice
    Examining a range of social movements and campaigns for social justice and social change, you will develop a set of critical skills and develop new ways of thinking about tensions and inequalities in the social world and what motivates some people to undertake collective action to bring about that change or justice.
  • Bodies and Identities
    In this module, we will investigate why the body is such a highly contested sociological concept. From classical to contemporary theories, you will evaluate how bodies and the multiple forms they take are central to our understanding of society.


  • Global Health Inequalities
    You will develop an understanding of the relationship between health and country of birth, understanding the myriad differences of physical, mental and social wellbeing of those living in low-income and high-income countries.
  • Race and Ethnicity in Modern Britain
    We will explore the impact of government policies upon how we understand ideas about different racial and ethnic minority groups, and how those groups perceive their own identities, citizenship and belonging.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
    You will carry out a full-scale piece of research by following the research process and creating an original study of your own.
  • Applied Sociology in the Community
    This module provides you with the opportunity to work with an organisation that puts people at the heart of what it does in local communities. You will enhance your experience of the world, and your own CV, by applying sociology in the community.
  • Educational Inequality and Injustice
    On this module we will consider how young people's educational attainment and experience continues to be influenced by their family background, social class, ethnicity, race and gender as well as other social differences.
  • Media, Society and Power
    In this module, you will question what you already know about the media and its complicated relationship with society - by engaging with relevant sociological theories and exploring key issues.


  • Sociology of Medicine, Health and Wellbeing
    On this module you will question historical and current medical knowledge and ask questions about the medicalisation of life, health and wellbeing.
  • Migration and Refugees
    Through this module you will develop an understanding of the various push and pull factors that drive global migration and appreciate the connected and on-going movement of people as they live as residents of a nation, transnational migrants, settled citizens, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Brian McDonough academic profile Brian McDonough Course Leader View profile
Ben Powis academic profile Ben Powis Senior Lecturer View profile
Sandra Abegglen academic profile Sandra Abegglen Associate Lecturer View profile

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.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

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.

Your future

Solent’s graduates in sociology are suitable for graduate employment in:

  • Government agencies
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Police
  • Non profit and outreach work
  • Charity work
  • Research 
  • Politics
  • Leadership

Level 6 students will become student members of British Sociological Association during their final year of study.


Practical experience is embedded throughout the curriculum. In each level there are modules that focus on employability, analyses of workplace policies, and the skills employers are looking for. In the third year, students will complete volunteer work with local community groups.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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