ll32 - Politics and Sociology BA

Politics and Sociology BA Honours

UCAS Code: LL32 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

Political issues are invariably social issues, involving questions of power, inequalities, conflict and change in contemporary societies.

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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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Dividing your time equally between sociology and politics, you develop a rich, in-depth and well-informed understanding of the social forces that create and sustain political and social institutions.

Optional modules allow you to tailor the degree to suit your own interests, with topics like:

  • critical international politics
  • political violence and the modern state
  • refugees and displacements
  • urban sociology 

Your choice of topics is closely aligned to the research expertise of our academic staff, allowing you to study at the cutting edge of the discipline with our internationally recognised experts.

Highlights of this degree

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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 2020 entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose two Sociology modules from the list below:

You choose two Politics modules from this list:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You take the following compulsory module:

If you plan to do a sociology dissertation in your final year you also take the following:

Optional modules

You take three modules from the list below.

*Module cannot be combined with NCL2007

**Discuss with the Degree Programme Director before selecting this module

You take two modules from the list below (unless you have selected SOC2070 above, in which case you take one module from the list below):

With approval of the Degree Programme Director, you may substitute one Politics or one Sociology module for the following:

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

You choose one of the following dissertation modules:

*In order to take Dissertation in Sociology (SOC3097) students must have completed SOC2070. 

Optional modules

If you have selected SOC3097, you'll take three Politics modules from the list below. 

If you have selected POL3046, you will take one Politics module from the list below. 

If you have selected SOC3097, you'll take one Sociology module from the list below. 

If you have selected POL3046, you will take three Politics modules from the list below. 

You also have the opportunity to spend semester 1 of Stage 3 studying abroad through a study exchange. You study modules that count towards your final degree and begin work on your dissertation.

    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.


    Politics and Sociology careers

    Studying sociology will enable you to develop valuable skills which can be applied to many different careers, including understanding how society works and its diverse social situations, the ability to analyse complex data, team working, and communication skills.

    Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop a personal portfolio of knowledge and skills in a field best matching your tastes and abilities. This will provide you with an opportunity to get acquainted with the work environment in an area of employment of interest to you.

    Employers recognise that sociology graduates tend to have an interest in dealing with people and this is reflected in some of 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 welfare
    • recruitment
    • HR
    • customer services

    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 Politics and 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.

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    • institution code - N21

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