Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Society, Health and Development, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points.Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.Course AimsSociologists are concerned with developing theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in their own and other societies. The kinds of question with which they are concerned are: what is society? How and why is it changing? What are the opportunities for future change and development?
This course is designed to give you a mature understanding of the social and intellectual dimensions of the media and communications industries. It is broad-based and multi-disciplinary and is unusual in bringing together a wide variety of social sciences in the study of communications. Course ContentThere are close links between this degree and the Communications and Media Studies degree: the central distinction between the two is that Sociology and Communications focuses more closely on sociological theory and method, and contains no practical media production modules.Typical ModulesLevel 1Introduction to Media Studies
Media, Culture and Society
Introduction to Social and Cultural Research
Introduction to Social Enquiry
Introduction to Sociology
Individual and Social ProcessesLevel 2Research in Practice
Media, Culture and Representation
Work and Society
Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in contemporary cultureLevel 3City Lives: Bodies, Spaces and Interaction
Comedy, Culture and the Media
Health and the New Politics of Protest
The Age of New Media
Crime, Deviance and AddictionTeaching and LearningOur approach
We pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.Staff expertiseAll members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your course to ensure that teaching is up-to-date. We have an unusually strong concentration of sociologists who specialise in the study of issues related to science, technology and the environment.How will I be taught?The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and small group projects.Lectures - Most modules involve one or two hours of lectures a week. These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.Seminars - These relatively small groups (3-15 students) are used to discuss the content of lectures and issues arising from the modules. Seminars are often student-led. You can use seminars to clarify your own ideas in an atmosphere of discussion and debate.Laboratory/research work- All students take part in practical modules. In the first year you will experience the similarities and contrasts between methods of enquiry used in psychology, sociology and social anthropology. The investigative methods used in projects include observation, interviewing, questionnaire design, psychological testing, experimentation and more specific research techniques. As you progress through the course, direction by staff over the design and implementation of projects is reduced.One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. When you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it. Lecturers are usually available to answer particular queries outside of scheduled hours - either in one-to-one tutorials or by email.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you must pass this level to continue with your course. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Methods of assessment vary and depends on which modules you select. Some courses are assessed on coursework only, some by (seen or unseen) examination only, and some by a combination of the two.CareersSociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas.
There are also openings available in business, particularly marketing and advertising, management, media, and recruitment. Knowledge and understanding of statistics and research skills are particularly useful skills in the job market.
Sociology students can be found in a diverse range of careers, including computing, consultancy, lobbying, teaching, campaigning and fundraising, to name just a few.Transferable skillsWe aim to produce graduates who will have a number of skills that are key to the contemporary employment market:
1.A solid training in the skills, methods and perspectives relevant to thinking critically about contemporary social processes;
2.An ability to relate the discipline of sociology to real world problems and concerns in such a way as to facilitate and enhance critical social practice;
3.A grounding in the new information and communications technologies.
Students interested in careers in journalism, production, or presenting, can gain experience by working for the University radio station or student magazine.Facts and FiguresSchool of Social SciencesPsychology, sociology, anthropology and communications together constitute the Social Sciences at Brunel, and we offer a wide range of BSc courses across these subject areas.
The focus of study is upon all aspects of human behaviour: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: neuropsychology; psychoanalysis; developmental psychology; social psychology; contemporary social structure and social change; the role of science and the media; ethnicity and kinship; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.
We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise increasingly in your particular disciplines.
Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including ethnographic fieldwork. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, video production, psychophysics and the use of information technology.