BSc Politics and Sociology (LL23)

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UCAS code LL23
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £16,500 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BSc Politics and Sociology

This course takes advantage of the expertise of our staff in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. You will study a range of theoretical and practical problems that affect the social world.

Politics enables you to study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between countries, communities and individuals. Becoming familiar with different views and methods of analysis you will learn to apply and evaluate them.

Sociology provides expertise in the study of the social world including actions, structures, beliefs, power and representation. By focusing on theoretical ideas and research skills you will be uniquely placed to understand the fast moving changes of social life.

In year three you can choose to do a research dissertation in either discipline.

Our school encourages strong synergy between new research and teaching resulting in a vibrant learning environment. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

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Course structure

First year

  • Political Concepts
  • Comparative Governments and Politics: An Introduction
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Two units from the following:
    • Key Social Thinkers
    • Social Identities and Divisions
    • Doing Social Research

Second year

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Free choice of two second-year politics units
  • Conceptualising the Social or Investigating the Social
  • A free choice of two second-year sociology units

Note: If you wish to take the sociology dissertation in your final year you must take 'Investigating the Social'.

Third year

  • Free choice of three third-year politics units from a range of options
  • Free choice of three third-year sociology units from a range of options
  • A dissertation may be substituted for two taught units in either politics or sociology.
  • A dissertation can be completed only in one of the two subjects.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Politics and Sociology

Typical offer for BSc Politics and Sociology - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including an essay-based subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities/Humanities and Social Sciences, or Literary Studies) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 12 graded level 3 credits of graded level 3 units in essay-based subjects relevant to the degree at Distinction. Additional written work may be required.
BTEC offer DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including an essay-based subject, and Standard Higher: AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall, with 8.5 in an essay-based subject
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Essay-based subjects include Anthropology; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; Classics; Drama; Economics; English Language; English Literature; Environmental Studies; Film; Geography; Government and Politics; Health and Social Care; History; History of Art; Law; Media Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Theatre Studies.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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