Our students would recommend us! In the latest National Student Survey 97% of our recent BA (Hons) Sociology students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).
This exciting Sociology degree examines specialist areas of contemporary sociology and allows you to explore society, culture and everyday lived experiences. Throughout the course you'll hear from external speakers, and may have the opportunity to study abroad and undertake a self-directed work placement.
If you have a keen interest in society, culture and making sense of the social world in which we live, then our Sociology course is ideal for you.
Why choose this course?
- From your first year this course will help you to develop skills for employability. You'll get the chance to complete project work for a local, national or international organisation and gain valuable experience by undertaking a work placement.
- You'll benefit from the skills and expertise of our academic staff who use their leading research on identities, social inclusion, and cultural diversity to inform their teaching.
- Our Sociology graduates get jobs – 88% of our BA (Hons) Sociology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving NTU. (DLHE 2015/16 Full-time and Sandwich, UK, First degree, undergraduate)
How you're taught
To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.
Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and computer room sessions. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.
Tutorials with staff
As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:
- discuss and gain feedback about your work
- ask questions about the projects you're working on
- raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.
Virtual Learning Environment
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. You'll develop specialist knowledge based on the teams expertise in several areas including:
- sociology and disaster
- gender and social class
- alternative spiritualities
- the clergy.
How will I be assessed?
The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework-based essays, reports and a final year research-based dissertation. You'll also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations and portfolios. The portfolio includes material demonstrating the student journey over three years to 'becoming a professional sociologist'.
All work placement learning is assessed by essays or presentations, not upon how you perform in the work placement itself.
In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.
Can I study abroad?
You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject. Find out more about this exciting study abroad opportunity.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
- Year 1 coursework (78%), written (17%) and practical (5%)
- Year 2 coursework (87%), written (8%) and practical (5%)
- Year 3 coursework (80%), written (17%) and practical (3%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)
Careers and employability
Work experience and study abroad
Employability is integral to this course and the modules it offers, helping you to develop a range of vital transferable skills that employers demand.
From your first year this course will help you to develop skills for career development. You will gain opportunities to complete project work for a local, national or international organisation and acquire valuable experience by working in collaboration with one of our community partners on a social justice project. Such experiences will provide opportunity to apply sociological knowledge gained from the degree as a well as gaining important transferable skills that will be desired by future work, voluntary and educational organisations.
You may have the chance to spend half of your second year studying abroad in the Czech Republic, Hungary or The Netherlands with the Erasmus+ Foreign Exchange scheme. Find out more about our study abroad opportunities.
Your career development
This is a major part of this course. You'll develop key transferable skills, including:
- time management
- the ability to retrieve, manipulate and present information.
You'll also have the opportunity to develop links with relevant organisations and potential employers.
This course opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. You may be keen to pursue a career in:
- social policy
- community development
You may need to complete further training for some of these roles.
You may also consider studying a postgraduate sociology course to continue the intellectual curiosity and imagination the BA (Hons) Sociology will have fostered.
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Sociology graduates are following:*
- Records researcher
- Education worker
- Social media and content assistant
- Learning mentor teaching assistant
- Assistant lecturer and PhD researcher
- Research officer in the Police
- Marketing co-ordinator
- Youth and community support worker
- Special needs assistant
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011/12 – 2014/15.
Our Employability Team
We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.
As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:
- lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
- open access PCs and secure wireless points
- study areas and social spaces
- Chaucer café serving drinks and light snacks
- our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.