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BA (Hons) - single BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) - combined

Department of Social Sciences

Sociology studies human social life, groups and societies. A wide-ranging subject, it analyses social relationships and social institutions, and the ways in which they shape people’s lives. Sociologists focus on many topics, ranging from global social processes to changing identities and personal relationships.
Studying Sociology at Oxford Brookes will increase your knowledge and understanding of the social world in the 21st century. Our flexible course allows you to pursue your own areas of interest within the subject.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Sociology is consistently one of our most popular courses and you'll feel like a valued individual throughout your studies:

  • Flexible course structure allows you to pursue your own areas of interest while also providing you with a solid foundation in the discipline
  • You will gain a range of personal and professional skills which will serve as a springboard for your future career development
  • All our teaching staff are active researchers with strong publication records, meaning your knowledge will be underpinned by the latest academic thinking
  • Weekly research seminars with guest speakers from other universities, and from outside the academic sector, provide presentations on research themes of interest to Sociology students. The department also publishes an online newsletter in which you have the opportunity to participate
  • Sociology is part of the larger Department of Social Sciences, home to the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society
  • You are actively encouraged to gain overseas study experience. Sociology has Erasmus links with Gothenburg University in Sweden and the Free University in Amsterdam.

In Year 1 you will take either four introductory modules (single honours) or three (combined honours) which will expose you to the fundamentals of sociological analysis. We will explore topics such as social diversity and inequalities and key social transformations characterising contemporary societies. You will be introduced to important methodological approaches and issues shaping sociological inquiry.

You can decide for yourself how to build on this basis of sociological knowledge by choosing from a range of modules in Year 2 covering such topics as global social change, 'race' and ethnicity, gender relations, work and employment and health and illness . You will also learn and develop key sociological methods and techniques and apply these in real life social research contexts.

In Year 3 you may choose to take honours modules in Sociology including topics such as social theory, human rights, racialised identities, migration, intimate relations and crime and disorder. In your final year you will also have the opportunity to prepare a specialist study on a topic of your choice if you choose the optional dissertation module.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here.

Year 1

Compulsory for both single and combined honours:

  • Social Differences and Divisions
  • Foundations of Social Theory
  • Researching the Social World
Compulsory for single honours:
  • Contemporary Societies: Structure and Change (also recommended for combined honours)

Years 2 and 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Social Research Methods

Elective modules:

  • Gender and Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Exclusion
  • Global Sociology
  • Sociology of Work
  • State and Society in Europe
  • The Social World of Childhood
  • Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political Economy
  • Educational Inequalities: Schooling and Youth

Honours modules:

  • Racialised Identities in Super-Diverse Societies
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • The Political Sociology of Crime and Disorder
  • Theorising Society
  • Sociology of Migration
  • The Theory and Practice of Human Rights
  • Gendering Intimate Relations
  • Independent Study in Sociology
  • Sociology Dissertation or Interdisciplinary Dissertation

Modules in detail » Module diagrams »

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters as part of our study exchange programme. The credits you earn while studying abroad will be counted toward your degree. Sociology has Erasmus links with Gothenburg University in Sweden and the Free University in Amsterdam.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly to Oxford Brookes according to your preference.

You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching and learning methods - including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials - ensure that you are exposed to a range of learning opportunities.

Time spent in different learning activities

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Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
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2 17%83%0%
3 14%86%0%
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3 16%85%0%
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Approach to assessment

Assessment is by coursework and examination. Coursework includes essays, portfolios, individual and group presentations, IT exercises and in-class tests. Some modules are assessed by examination, while others are assessed solely on the basis of coursework undertaken during the semester.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
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Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
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2 15%0%85%
3 20%0%80%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
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2 25%0%75%
3 33%0%68%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 21%0%79%
2 6%0%94%
3 6%0%94%
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1 50%0%50%
2 19%0%81%
3 16%0%84%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
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2 6%0%94%
3 13%0%88%
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2 6%0%94%
3 0%0%100%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
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2 0%0%100%
3 14%0%86%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points


If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

One of the world's great academic cities, Oxford is a key centre of debate, with students able to attend conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects.  Oxford Brookes students are eligible to join the Oxford Union, famous for its debates and illustrious speakers, from international politicians and leaders, to sports stars and other celebrities.

The city has one the highest proportion of 'knowledge intensive' employees of any English city and Oxfordshire boasts one of the highest numbers of NGOs outside London - so you are in an excellent position to pursue career development opportunities in the region. 

Support for students studying Sociology

Our Student Support Co-ordinators are there for you from the day you arrive to the day you leave, helping with anything from module advice to supporting you with any personal issues you may experience.

When you arrive at Oxford Brookes you'll be assigned an Academic Adviser who will provide you with academic support and supervision throughout your degree, helping you monitor your progress and performance. They will also keep you up to date with events around your studies, such as visiting speakers, seminars and career fairs.

Specialist facilities

The university library holds an impressive selection of books and journals, and you can also take advantage of the Library Electronic Information Network (LEIN), giving you access to a range of bibliographical searching tools, databases and electronic journals in sociology. With over half a million books, DVDs and CDs, a vast range of databases, e-journals and reference materials, the library provides all the resources you need for your study of Sociology.

We have a dedicated Sociology librarian who is on hand to answer your enquiries, teach you information skills and guide you around the electronic resources on offer. The library also offers regular training sessions on accessing and making the best use of key resources in your specific subject area.

Once you reach the stage of writing your dissertation you will have access to the world famous Bodleian Library.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

A Sociology degree from Oxford Brookes opens up a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors. The University has been recognised for the excellent employment prospects of its graduates.

Recent Sociology graduates have successfully pursued careers in management, international development organisations, research in private firms and in universities, education, local government and social work.

Graduating students have gone on to roles within the British Army, NHS and Oxfam to name a few, and have taken a wide variety of roles from Marketing Officer to Antique Dealing Assistant and from Project Support Intern to Childcare Activity Leader. Many of our graduates are currently engaged in further study in subjects such as Law, Education, Psychology, Religion and Teaching and many of them chose to stay on at Oxford Brookes to do this.

Further study

Many Sociology graduates also go on to postgraduate courses in a variety of areas of specialisation. The University careers centre can provide information and advice as you plan your future career path.