BSc (Hons) Sociology

The BSc (Hons) Sociology degree gives you the chance to delve into key ‘real-world’ issues and investigate how they are used to shape society. With a strong emphasis on applied sociology, you’ll explore current global affairs and gain an international perspective of society. From globalisation and migration to war and conflict; money, power, and control, our Sociology degree tackles the big issues affecting everyone all over the world.

You’ll be encouraged to view society in a different and more analytical fashion, as we help broaden your thinking in new and exciting ways – taking your learning beyond the classroom. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of the social theory and methods. So by the time you graduate, you’ll be equipped you with the transferable skills to make sense of the social world and prepare you for the workplace. Membership of the British Sociology Association is open to our Sociology students and graduates, so you’ll have access to the latest developments in this field.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
1J13 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
1J13 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

During the first year of your Sociology degree, you will gain a firm foundation in a range of applied approaches and sociology theory by extending the material you encountered in core modules at A-level. Key sociology themes introduced in this year will underpin the remainder of your studies.

In subsequent years, you’ll have the chance to delve into more fascinating aspects of sociology that cover an array of topical issues affecting society all over the world.

You’ll conduct supervised research on a topic of your choice and be part of an annual dissertation conference where you can gain peer and professional feedback on your research before finally submitting your work.

Year One

  • Undertaking Social Science Research
  • Understanding Modern European Society
  • Conflict, Crisis and Change – International Perspectives
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion
  • Classical Sociological Theories
  • Sociology of Childhood and Youth

Year Two

  • Research Methods in the Social Science
  • Work Experience in Sociology
  • Global Perspectives on Violence and Society
  • Social Justice and Social Exclusion
  • Contemporary Social Theory

Plus one module from the following options:

  • International Focus on Equality, Diversity, Race, Culture and Ethnicity
  • Society and the environment

Year Three

  • Dissertation
  • Global Conflict, War and Peace
  • Social Policy and Young People
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Families, Youth and Community
  • Self and Society
  • International Security

Foundation Year

The BSc (Hons) Sociology is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree.

You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.

Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences)


The Sociology degree is taught through conventional lectures and seminars, whilst also conducting practical fieldwork and analysis. You will be required to work on assignments, read about current topics and prepare for lectures.

You’ll be taught by team of sociology lecturers who have an array of expertise in areas such as social policy, nationalism, religion, scientific knowledge, and equality and diversity. Our teaching staff are well respected, have presented at national conferences, and have advised governments on youth policy. This ensures you are exposed to current-real world issues and taught by academics that are at the forefront of their specialist field.

In your final year you will have the chance to participate in one of our study visits. Recent trips have included visits to the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay, the UK Houses of Parliament, and the Supreme Court in London (additional costs apply).


The Sociology degree is assessed primarily through coursework, with some exams. Assessments include presentations, group and individual projects, marked debates, surveys, portfolios, manifestos and peer assessments.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Professional Memberships: British Sociological Association £57
Students can become members of the BSA
DBS £57.2
Students will need to pay for a DBS depending on the research and modules they choose. The fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS check and the online admin fee and post office checks
Placement expenses: Work placement £
Students will cover their own costs of a work placement. Costs will vary depending on location.
Other : Textbooks £300 - £400
Students will need to buy course books, eBooks, etc.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Graduates have entered a range of rewarding careers that include teaching, professional social work training, community and youth work, charity work, in local authorities, or police, prison, probation, protection and victim support services.

You can attend regular guest lectures and hear from employers during your studies too. Recent talks have included the Social Services, Citizens Advice Bureau and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. We’ve also hosted talks from local councils on equality and diversity, and a former SAS officer has delivered talks on counter-terrorism and private security. These professionals will relate what you’re learning to their experiences of work, so you can see how the theories you’re learning about are actually applied.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.