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Sociology BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
Flexible part-time

How to Apply

Coventry University


September 2018



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Sociology examines society and our experience of it as individuals, working professionals, families, communities and organisations. Ideally suited to those with an inquisitive mind, sociology encourages you to look at the world in different ways, questioning conventional wisdom and social structures.

You’ll have opportunities to analyse the pressing issues of modern day society, not just in Britain, but throughout the world, including: globalisation, development, modernity, postmodernity, inequality and social exclusion, work-life balance, sex, sexuality, families, intimacy and gender relations.

Designed with input from the British Sociological Association, our course benefits from strong links with national and local employers, many of whom provide work placements, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and Haven Charity and the Migrant Centre.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Course information

Study Sociology and you’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces shaping society.



of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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In your first year you should develop a general understanding of sociology, exploring concepts of society, social issues, theory and policy. For example, we will examine the development of the welfare state in Britain, comparing theories, ideologies and principles of welfare, such as liberalism, social democracy, conservatism, New Labour and Marxism.

We will encourage you individually and in groups to present the debates, theories and perspectives, and evaluate the policies associated with a range of social issues including: inequality, social exclusion, crime and social control, community cohesion and neighbourhood renewal.


  • Race and Racism: Historical and Sociological Perspectives

  • Understanding Society

  • Gender and Society

  • Social Issues and Social Policy

  • Introduction to Media and Society


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In your second year, you will have the chance to broaden your understanding of social theory and social phenomena, acquire social research training and specialise in specific subject areas of your choice, such as gender, race and ethnicity or social class.


  • A Graduate Career

  • Researching Social Life

  • Tradition and Controversy in Social theory

  • Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression

  • Global Inequality and Development

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • People Politics in Britain 1800-2000
    • Contemporary British Government
    • Leisure, Consumption and Tourism
    • Identity, Selfhood and Personal Relationships


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Students may have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

Placements in the UK have included Social Policy Advisor and Research and Campaigns Officer (Citizen’s Advice Bureau), Prison Support Officer (Rochester Prison), Immigration Support Officer and CAN (Nottingham), Marketing Analysis Intern (TSYS), Human Resources Placement (Gist).


The final year of the programme allows for greater personalisation with a choice of two optional modules. In Race and Resistance in the United States, for example, we compare and contrast the historical experiences of American Indians, African Americans, Latinos, whites and Asian Americans. We will explore how minority groups have experienced different forms of racism and oppression – in particular, legal discrimination, everyday prejudice, systematic campaigns of terror, subtle misuses of ethnic iconography and rank inequality.

You will also be expected to conduct your own piece of supervised research in an area of your choice. This can be done as a 10,000 word research project or as an audio-visual documentary. In the past, students have chosen to explore gender stereotypes in hip hop music culture, Muslim Drag Queens and the influences of social media on young people’s identities in 21st century Britain.


  • Social Divisions

  • Family Life and Social Change

  • Dissertation

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Work and Society
    • Media, Culture and Communication
    • Family Life and Social Change
    • Field Trip Module
    • Bodies, Power and Cultural Politics
    • Race and Resistance in the United States


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Coventry University has climbed the rankings to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Guest lecturers which recently have covered topics ranging from Glaxo Smith Kline and City Year.
  • Excellent professional links with employers including the Refugee Centre and the National Health Service.
  • Develop the skills employers desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication, analysis, critical thinking and report writing.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included visits to Istanbul to explore the cultural similarities and uniqueness’ with the UK
  • Wide choice of modules allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interest, in topics such as people politics in Britain 1800-2000 or race and resistance in the United States.
  • Vibrant student society – History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology (Humanities Society) – organises a range of social and academic activities, recently visiting the Imperial War Museum in London.

We enjoy links with national and local employers including the Refugee Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Your main study themes are:

  • Understanding Society: This module aims to provide students with an understanding of sociology as an academic discipline in the broadest sense. They will be introduced to a number of key thinkers and sociological concepts. These ideas will be used to examine key aspects of social life and contemporary societies.

  • Race and Racism: The aim of this module is to examine historical and contemporary debates and issues associated with race and racism. The module also examines issues to do with immigration, political representation, legislation, the criminal justice system, employment and housing.

  • Gender and Society: This module introduces students to studies of gender and society. It offers students the opportunity to explore the ways in which social structures and institutions create and reproduce gender relations and to consider this in relation to the experiences of women and men.

  • Tradition and Controversy in Social theory: Broadly, the purpose of the module is threefold. Firstly, it aims to provide the student with an appreciation of 'classical' social theory - the work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Secondly, it explores the development of 'modern' social theory. Thirdly, it allows students to gain some understanding of contemporary debates and controversies.

  • Global Inequality and Development: The module looks at the ways in which social development has been defined and articulated by academics, planners, governments and members of society. The module aims to provide a 'hands on' approach that enables students to understand past and current forces and processes behind social change in the modern global system.

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for three years or part-time, typically taking between four and six years to complete. It has intakes in September

It is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth.

We place great emphasis on gaining work experience and support students who wish to undertake a year’s placement abroad with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). Closer to home, we will encourage you to gain experience in voluntary roles with local organisations, such as the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Citizens Advice, Changing Paths (Charity) and for the Council on Addiction in Northampton.

We regularly introduce contemporary issues into the classroom. For example, we might discuss a topical issue in the news, such as Brexit and the recent Presidential election. We use real-life case studies and fieldtrips to compare issues such as urban development and patterns of immigration between Coventry and Gothenburg. You will also have the option to go on local and international fieldtrips, as well as other excursions and events, to help shape and facilitate your sociological imagination and apply what you have learned on the course to real world situations and phenomena. These include international trips to Gothenburg and Sarajevo, local visits to the Hillfields area of Coventry and trips to theatre productions.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

We incorporate a variety of assessment methods including: formal exams, dissertation, essays, reflective journal, case studies, seen exams, poster presentations, digital story, policy report, group presentations and interviews.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 50%
  • Formal examinations: 50%

50% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

 On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: classical and modern debates in sociological theory; sociological research techniques and the relationship between argument and evidence; relationships between methodological, epistemological and ontological questions; comparative social development and the social processes underpinning social change; relationships between individuals, groups and social institutions.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting, analysing, evaluating and communicating sociological information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflectively, critically and analytically about key issues.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence, including statistical information, and use this to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work each week
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops each week
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures, online discussions and web-based activities each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 23 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures or revising.


One of the main features of this course is its international focus. Our lecturers come from across the world and have expertise in international issues, global development and comparative sociology.

There are opportunities for overseas fieldtrips, study or placements abroad (application and additional costs may apply). For example, in recent years, students have studied on a range of sociology related and non-directly sociology related courses at universities in Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Our Study Trip  module provides further opportunities for international experiences and has previously facilitated visits to Krakow, Berlin, Istanbul, Poland, Sarajevo and Gothenburg where students have visited a number of significant social, cultural and political spaces such as Auschwitz and the military airport of Boccadifalco. 

For those students who are not engaged in any of the above activities, we also run an International Week, where, among various events and activities, you can hear from international speakers and view international films.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Sociology is the single most challenging and exciting topic I have ever studied and the delivery of Sociology at Coventry University is by no means skin deep. Sociology has taught me academic intelligence and emotional intelligence, something that is becoming increasingly more important within the public and private sectors. The support I have received has been instrumental to not only my academic success, but also my employment. The lecturers provided astounding support academically and personally. The University also has one of the biggest budgets for global student experience and an exceptional Centre for Academic Writing. During my time at Coventry, I got involved with student representation, founded Coventry University Gender Equality society and became Advanced Captain for Coventry Equestrian. I also took up various jobs within the University as Subject Ambassador and Receptionist. During my summer I gained global experience working in America as a horse riding instructor and worked the following summer at Sainsbury’s head offices.

Jessica Beaumont, BA (Hons) Sociology, graduated in 2014, now Communications Producer at The Co-operative Food while studying an MSc in Sociological Research at the University of Manchester

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU058
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£12,600 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

Studying Sociology has given me advanced critical and analytical skills both in qualitative and quantitative data.

Jessica Beaumont

Career prospects

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers.

Our employment tutors for humanities provide a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferrable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates are now employed in the private sector in industries ranging from banking and finance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

After studying Sociology as an A-Level, this further prompted me to undertake a degree in it. Studying Sociology at a higher level has provided me with a much deeper insight into complex issues and an ability to develop ideas using my own initiative. The lecturers have been extremely helpful and always have been available to offer me guidance when required. The Sociology Department had many guest speakers throughout the academic year, which were very interesting and relevant to the topics covered in lectures. Furthermore, a degree in Sociology has significantly helped me with my career. After graduating, I gained employment in the local government as a Learning and Development Officer. My main responsibilities include supporting Social Workers in their first year of employment referred to as The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). Overall, I have found a degree in Sociology has opened many doors and has strengthened my transferable skills such as communication skills, team work skills and my confidence.

Cymonn Quin, BA (Hons) Sociology, graduated in 2014, now working as a Learning and Development Officer for Central Bedfordshire Council

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.