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Undergraduate Study

BA Sociology

UCAS code L300
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2021

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAB
IB: 34/665

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology


  • Gain an insight into culture and society and explore the nature and complexity of human social life and the key challenges faced by diverse human societies
  • You’ll learn how to use qualitative research methods, how to design your own research projects and get an overview of the use and interpretation of quantitative data
  • Our diverse range of modules cover everything from sport and media to witchcraft beliefs and cyborg studies meaning you can tailor your degree to your own interests and career aspirations
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with and be inspired by academic staff who are at the cutting edge of research and academic debate
  • We’ll provide you with a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers across a wide range of careers from social research to teaching or management

5th for Sociology in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

9th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Distinctive emphasis on cultural sociology

It has been extremely interesting to have such a vast array of different topics within each term, I have studied subjects which I did not know existed! 

I have also met so many people through the flexibility of the course being mixed with criminology, politics, anthropology, psychology (and more) students which has meant that I have also been able to see how different disciplines think academically compared to my main discipline of sociology. It is really interesting to have friends who think very differently to you but on the same thing!

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Undergraduate student, BA Sociology

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAB n/a
IB 34/665 n/a
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

View EU and international equivalences

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Course content

The Sociology degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Course variants

UCAS code: L302

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. You will continue to receive a maintenance loan if you are eligible for this whilst on your Study Abroad year.


Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £19,500 per year

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

How will I learn

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods and also ensure that you have regular tutorials with your tutor, together with a small group of students to discuss oral and written assignments. Teaching includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Practical exercises
  • Small group tutorials
  • Independent study

You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Field work notebooks
  • Dissertation in your final year

You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification

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Your future

As a BA Sociology graduate you will have the ability to understand human culture, society and behaviour which will be attractive to employers across a wide spectrum of careers. Alongside this you will also develop a range of professional, academic and personal skills including:

  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Qualitative research
  • Interview techniques and running of focus groups
  • Sensory analysis and interpretation and use of data
  • Collect, assess and present evidence
  • Independent research
  • Discussion and group work
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Articulating ideas and arguments
  • Organising, planning and time management

Career paths

The wealth of transferable skills gained on a Sociology degree enables graduate to pursue further study or employment in a wide range of careers including:

  • Social research
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Journalism, media and culture
  • Human Resources Management
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Business and management
  • The voluntary and charity sector
  • Social and community work
  • Military and emergency services

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate in The Exeter Award and The Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers based within Colleges.

The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

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