l300 - Sociology BA

Sociology BA Honours

UCAS Code: L300 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

If you are curious about the social forces that shape people’s everyday lives and keen to learn about cultures and societies different from your own, this degree is for you.

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At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points

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Sociology means thinking critically about the world around us, exploring social institutions, social change, and the many dynamics that shape identities and interactions. We provide a solid foundation in the subject alongside teaching in anthropology, which explores issues facing communities across the globe.  

You'll have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge in areas that interest you, such as:

  • health and illness
  • sexuality and gender
  • the anthropology of morality
  • the sociology of childhood

Supported by our research-active staff, you will gain a solid grounding in cutting-edge sociological theories and research.

You also develop transferable skills including critical thinking, analysing complex data, and oral and written presentation skills.

Humanities and Social Science Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships are available to eligible new UK and EU students entering this degree in 2017 only.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

If you have strong opinions on issues that alter the world and the people within it, Sociology is for you. Just come equipped with an open mind!

Jamie, Sociology BA Honours
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Course Details

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You also take a further 20 credits, which may be the module below, or from other subjects within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology or other areas of the University:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose three optional modules from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 60 credits of the following optional modules:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Sociology careers

Studying sociology equips you with skills such as critical thinking, the ability to analyse complex data and conduct social research, as well as communication, organisation and problem-solving skills, which are relevant to many different work environments. 

Throughout your degree you will be encouraged to develop a diverse portfolio of knowledge and skills, and engage with issues and debates directly relevant to careers in many fields. Employers recognise that sociology graduates have independent research skills and often have an interest in working with people, and this is reflected in the types of jobs sociology graduates do.

Previous Newcastle University Sociology graduates can be found working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Areas of employment include:

  • the Civil Service
  • education
  • social work
  • HR
  • PR and marketing

Some graduates will continue to postgraduate level studies. Popular choices include Master's-level Sociology,the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and law conversion courses.

Find out more about the career options for Sociology from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

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Application decisions and enquiries

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