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Sociology (BA, DipHE)

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Sociology is a mature academic discipline that has a long history of supporting employability. Our Sociology programme will help you to develop an awareness of the underlying values and principles relevant to Sociology, to develop an understanding of how contemporary social problems have emerged and of social policy responses.

Through this course you will engage with the knowledge of the diversity of human and social needs and of the social policies and welfare institutions which exist to meet them. The programme will draw on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines to illuminate understanding of the issues of Sociology and the contexts in which these take place.

You will explore issues of Sociology, rights and responsibilities in relation to additional needs, health and social care, gender and diversity, disability and communities, families and individuals and learn to recognise that tensions exist between the reality and the ideal of equality, equity, social justice, liberation and sustainability, alongside values, interests, normative, ethical and moral positions. You will recognise the impact of different theoretical positions and political discourses on the provision of Sociology.

*Selected modules subject to revalidation 

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Pathway Options

Sociology (BA)
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Sociology (DipHE)
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Social Studies (CertHE)
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Social Justice and Inclusion (PhD/MPhil)
Contact: Dr Caroline Lohmann-Hancock c.lohmann-hancock@uwtsd.ac.uk

How to apply

  • All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS
    - (Yr Athrofa is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.
  • All our course come under the institution code T80
  • Visit the University's apply section to find out more.

Book an Open Day Request Information
Contact Email: info-set@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Ken Dicks

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why study this course?

  1. These degrees focus on Sociology in practice in order to deliver equity and equality in society.
  2. Opportunities for work placements with clients in real-life situations.
  3. Research-active staff who also engage in theory and practice in the sector, alongside visiting speakers from a wide range of organisations.
  4. Modules options across a variety of subject areas.
  5. Opportunities to explore theory and policy in practice via placement and volunteering opportunities.

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What you will learn

Course Overview

This three-year programme is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies.

Students undertake a placement in the second year of study, while the modules develop a broad understanding of sociological issues and solutions.

The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to aspects of Sociology the student wishes to pursue in more depth.

Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Agency, Empowerment and Anti-Oppressive Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Hard to Reach Group (20 credits; compulsory)*
  • Academic Study Skills (20 credits)*
  • Multi-Agency Working: Policy in Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Who are We: Culture and Identity (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • The Reflective Practitioner (40 credits)*
  • Diversity and Difference in a Modern World (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Health and Social Care, Disability and Wellbeing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods for the Social Sciences (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare in the Modern World (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three - Level 6 (BA)

  • Crime and Deviance versus Power and Control (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Sustainable Communities and Global Development (20 credits; compulsory).

No exams in this programme.

Assessment is via written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries. These assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Key Information

Entry Criteria
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • 80 UCAS Points.
  • Non-traditional students will be considered on their experience and individual merit.
  • Applicants with FE/Access qualifications welcomed.
Career Opportunities
  • Advocate
  • Communities First
  • Criminal Justice Sector
  • Education Officer
  • Emerging roles within sport and film industry (responding to current events)
  • Families First
  • HE/FE Lecturer
  • Local Authority Management and care
  • Local Health Authority Management and care
  • Media
  • Nursing and Mental health Nursing (Further Study Required)
  • Police
  • Probation Officer (Further Study Required)
  • Project Management
  • Project Manager
  • Research
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Care work
  • Social Worker (Further Study Required)
  • Student Support Services
  • Supporting Vulnerable Groups
  • Youth Offending

Graduates may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression onto, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion that allow students to utilise postgraduate funding.

Additional Costs
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
  • There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Fieldwork
    • Printing and copying
    • Stationery
Related Courses

Social Studies (CertHE)(SLS1)A one-year programme which is designed to provide a foundation year for those students who may wish to move onto either the BA Sociology or the BA Advocacy degree; or as a standalone exit award/qualification. This programme is underpinned by modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies.

Advocacy (BA)(6X7S)
A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to professional Advocacy practice and the student’s own interests.

Advocacy (DipHE)(ADV2)
A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice.

Equity and Diversity in Society (MA) The MA in Equity and Diversity in Society is an exciting development in response to current legislation, social policy, local and global concerns regarding equity. Awareness of equity, equality and diversity is considered an integral requirement of many organisations, as well as an aspiration for society as a whole.

Social Justice and Inclusion (PhD/MPhil)
Contact: Dr Caroline Lohmann-Hancock c.lohmann-hancock@uwtsd.ac.uk

Student Quotes

Peter Davies

Peter Davies reflects on his academic journey from a foundation degree at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to the award of a doctorate at Cardiff University.

‘In 2004, I began my foundation degree for teaching assistants, graduating after three years. I then did a further year to upgrade the degree to honours level, graduating with first class honours. I then completed a one-year postgraduate teaching certificate in primary education. Two years later I returned to UWTSD to do a master’s degree in equality and diversity in society and in the middle of that course I also completed a postgraduate certificate in heritage tourism. After graduating with distinction, I then applied for PhD studentships at Cardiff University and was accepted onto a research programme entitled ‘The social significance of artistic representations of former coal and steel communities’ which I have now successfully completed. The research involved working with groups to create representations such as poetry and photographs to counter stereotypical constructions of post-industrial communities.

‘It seems like a huge progression but it’s really a question of taking one step at a time and I shall always be grateful for the help and encouragement from staff at UWTSD who had faith in me from the beginning. They made me realise that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Thank you.’ 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The chance to study in Europe and the US for a semester in year 2.


Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information.