Sociology (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

Code L30F
  • Typical A-level offer

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. For 2020 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

BA Sociology with integrated Foundation Year, at Aberystwyth University, will train you to develop a critical awareness of and engagement with the social world. By studying this course, you will develop a thorough grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches that have been employed by sociologists to study the world around us. You will also develop your ability to analyse social phenomena through training in the collection, analysis and presentation of sociological data.

The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the Foundation Year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Sociology, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

Some of the distinctive aspects of Aberystwyth’s approach to Sociology include: 

  • emphasising the value and significance of a field-based approach to Sociology, with field exercises being integrated into lecture modules, and a dedicated Field-Based Sociology module;
  • integrating more applied perspectives into the teaching that we undertake on key themes and concepts in Sociology to demonstrate its real-world significance (and, in doing so, help with the employability of our Sociology graduates);
  • drawing on our research strengths and to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social world.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

91% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. (NSS 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)


Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [Sociology, L300].

You will:

  • be able to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and approaches across the whole of the subject and within particular branches of Sociology; 
  • be able to carry out independent research, applying a range of skills in relation to data collection, analysis and presentation; have developed a range of skills and be able to apply them to a variety of Sociological issues; 
  • be able to recognize that your learning experience has been positively reinforced by exposure to research; 
  • be able to evaluate your own performance in a range of learning contexts and under different modes of assessment; 
  • be able to work independently, in a team and with a social awareness of the contribution made by scholarship and applied research in their discipline to social policy; 
  • have the necessary skills and awareness to seek employment in a variety of professional careers or to begin postgraduate research and study.
Our Staff

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Understanding Sameness And Difference GS15120 20
Key Concepts In Sociology GS16120 20
Place And Identity GS14220 20
Researching The Social World GS17120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations GS10810 10
Conflict And Change: The Making Of Urban And Rural Spaces GS10220 20
Studying Film FM10120 20
Studying Media FM10620 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20
Studying Television FM10220 20


The study of Sociology provides a solid foundation for you to consider a wide range of careers including the media, social work, international development, community engagement and the civil service to name a few. Nowadays, employers are seeking graduates who possess various skills which include the ability to think analytically and laterally. The degree provides you with a breadth and flexibility of skills which is why Sociology graduates nationally are attractive to employers. 

Graduates have progressed on to: 

  • Criminology, the Police Force; 
  • Health and Social Care; 
  • Social Work; 
  • Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector); 
  • Management; 
  • Journalism; 
  • Public Relations; 
  • Teaching; 
  • Research. 

Teaching & Learning

In the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of Sociology.

During the second year of your course, you will be introduced to the main concepts, themes and perspectives of Sociology which include: 

  • Key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been and are developing within Sociology; 
  • The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures; 
  • Social Diversity and inequalities; 
  • The role of culturally organised processes in life; 
  • Processes underpinning social change; 
  • The distinctive character of Sociology in relation to other forms of understanding, such as its relation to other disciplines and to everyday explanations; 
  • The relationship between the analysis of evidence and sociological arguments; 

During your third and four years, the teaching will consider: 

  • Core knowledge and understanding modules to develop your capacities relating to your first-year modules; 
  • A range of qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources, research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis; 
  • The importance of ethical issues in all forms of sociological data collection, analysis and argumentation; 
  • Practical classes and fieldwork exercises.

During the duration of this course, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork. Your assessments will depend on the modules that you select, however you may be assessed through the following: Examinations; Practical classes; Fieldwork; Coursework; Dissertation.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels

GCSE requirements (grade C min):

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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