l300 - Sociology BA

Sociology BA Honours

UCAS Code: L300 (full time: 3 Years)

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


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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
IB: 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.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Emily from the UK

I believe the teaching quality on my course is high, one of the main reasons for this being that I am able to get in touch with or see in person any lecturer I need to if there is a problem. We are also provided with lots of online resources which are a helpful contribution to our independent study.

Emily, Sociology BA Honours
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Course Details

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You also take a further 20 credits, which may be the module below, or - with approval from the Degree Programme Director - 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.

Year 3 (Placement Year)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you may as part of your studies for the degree spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation. If you are required to re-sit your Stage 2 assessment, you must delay the start of your placement until you have done so. If you fail Stage 2, you may not complete a placement year.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 80 credits of the following optional modules:

*SOC3085 (Exchange module) allows you to study in semester 1 of Stage 3 in a European University where you will take modules that count towards your final degree and begin to work on your dissertation. You must indicate your interest in taking this module in Stage 2. 

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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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



    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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    Making your application

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    Application decisions and enquiries

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