This new area of study, explores the relationship between ‘self’ and society. It’s an excellent choice if you’re considering a career in fields such as health, education, criminal justice, social work or HR management.
The course combines the study of individuals, using psychology and psychoanalysis, with the wider cultural and systemic studies of sociology. You’ll gain a rounded understanding of human behaviours, nature and relationships, as well as the ability to apply the theory practically to a variety of questions and fields.
In the earlier modules you’ll learn the fundamentals of sociology and social, health and developmental psychology. Then, with this in place, you’ll be able to progress to more specialist modules, examining key aspects of the individual and social world.
Central to this is exploring how we shape, and are shaped by, our social surroundings – and what this means in the many specialist fields you could choose to study (see ‘special features’ below). In year three you’ll be able to research your own preferred subject area for your final year major project.
Case studies, visits and work-based study give this course a strong practical flavour and you’ll learn many of the key skills used by sociologists and psychologists. You’ll also develop the ability to research and analyse complex information, make well-structured arguments and challenge ‘accepted’ thinking as a confident debater.
These are all useful skills for postgraduate study or research, as well as for the professional workplace.
There’s plenty of scope to personalise your studies and focus on specific fields, such as: sexuality, desire and gender; agency and social change; deviance, crime and social control, health and illness; racism, race and cultural identity; community and social life; biology and behaviourism, and developmental psychology.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including criminal justice, health and allied professions, social work, teaching, and HR management.
We’ll assess your progress via a mix of exams, essays, class tests, individual and group presentations, book reviews, portfolio, and dissertation.
Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.
Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.
If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.
Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the StoryLab Research Institute, whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), as well as nine international research clusters including the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Interview may be required.
All applicants must have GCSE English at grade C or above or equivalent.
180 UCAS points consisting of two relevant A levels with at least one at grade C or above.
National diploma with at least two units at merit or above.
Or pass or above at Access level, with three units at merit or above.
Mature students with equivalent qualifications or appropriate employment experience may also be considered for an entry onto the programme.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Part-time undergraduate (6 years)
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