Sociology (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

Code L30F
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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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

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Placing Culture GS28520 20
Quantitative Analysis Of Geographical Data GS23810 10
Researching People And Place GS20510 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advertising FM21920 20
Digital Culture FM25520 20
Media And Society In Wales FM23220 20
Placing Politics GS28720 20



Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sociology Dissertation GS31200 00


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary Global Migration GS39120 20
Geographies Of Memory GS37920 20
Landscapes Of British Modernity GS36220 20
Gender And The Media FM38320 20
Geographies Of The Global Countryside GS36820 20
Television And Society In Britain In The 20th Century FM36220 20
Urban Risk And Environmental Resilience GS37520 20
World Regional Islam GS38420 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

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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