University of East London

BA (Hons) Sociology

How is the 4th industrial revolution going to affect the skills you'll need to get a graduate level job? Why has the COVID-19 pandemic seen more deaths amongst people from 'BAME' communities? How can communities organise more effectively to challenge social inequalities? What will the 'new normal' look like and how will this address the global environmental crisis? 

Studying questions like these on the BA (Hons) Sociology degree will develop your digital sociological imagination and the critical and professional skills that lead on to a wide range of careers such as teaching, social research, journalism, social work, human resources, social policy and NGO management. 

Your first two years on the degree will prepare you to conduct your own research project on a subject of your own choice supervised by one of your lecturers and you will also gain valuable work experience by doing a work placement in your final year.

The Sociology with Foundation Year course  is perfect if you want a degree in sociology, but don't meet the standard entry requirements. 

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. 
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

All of our sociology courses at UEL are about working with people, but that doesn't mean you can only become a social worker at the end of your course. The reality is that a sociology degree will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs.

Increased focus on people, relationships and communication skills means that you can enter fields as diverse as teaching, human resources, the police and journalism.

For the last few years we have collaborated with Government in Social Research who are concerned to increase the diversity of social researchers within the civil service. This has involved students being advised through talks and workshop exercises how to apply for placements and fast-track entry into the civil service.

Many large retail firms such as Laura Ashley, Tesco and Marks & Spencer now view sociology graduates as ideal candidates to step straight on to their management training schemes.

You will graduate very knowledgeable about current affairs, have good communication and data analysis skills. You will be able to work well in a multi-cultural environment, which is what employers want, too.

Course Details

This three-year full-time degree course (or four years part-time) will connect you to the real-life issues that exist in the communities outside our walls. 

You'll learn about the 4th industrial revolution and the globalisation of society. In this increasingly digital age, information, money, goods and services move freely across national boundaries. Issues about society are no longer confined to geographical location and the large-scale movement of people across borders is an issue affecting all parts of the world. 

Your course will make sense of the impact of this digital revolution and globalisation on the world in general and modern Britain in particular, focusing on its relationship to class, gender, religion and nationalism. You'll also learn how to interpret data and how to conduct informed debate on social issues. 

In your first year, you'll gain a thorough grounding in the subject by studying six core modules. In your second and third years, you'll be able to specialise in the subjects that interest you the most. These optional modules include ones on social change, the body, age and generation, cities, 'race', nationalisms, gender, surveillance, digital culture, and the media. 

In your third year, you'll do a work placement module. You will build up your employability skills through a series of workshops focusing on mock interviews, job applications, networking, confidence and social media skills. You will then do a 12-day work placement and produce a critical review report at the end.  Afterwards, you will receive feedback from the work placements employers. All of this will help prepare you for the world of graduate level work when you finish. 

You'll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real life experience and research. We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can log in when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. 

Academic support

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. If you need support with certain skills such as academic writing, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments will help you to achieve your potential. 

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised help desks to cater for your every need. 

We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. 

UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs). Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor-led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. 

Dedicated personal tutor

Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer. 

Class sizes:

Aside from a few larger lectures (of around 100 students) in the first year that brings together students doing degrees in similar subjects you will be taught in lectures that may have 30 to 40 people and seminars that will have about half that number. 

Foundation Year


Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Mental Wealth
Exploring Communities as Social Scientists
Researching Changing Communities
Reimagining the Work of a Social Scientist


Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Reading the Body Psychosocially
Introduction to Digital Sociology
Globalisation and Society

Year 1

Mental Wealth 1: Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self
Constructions of Identity
Social Theory 1
The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here)
Digital Sociology and the 4th Industrial Revolution
Issues in Contemporary Society

Year 2


Mental Wealth 2: Social Enterprise
Qualitative Research Methods for Social Sciences
Social Theory 2
Space, Bodies and Power


The Sociology of the City
Understanding Social Change
Intersectionality and Digital Culture
Generations Age and Meaning

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3


Applied Research Project in the Social Sciences
Mental Wealth 3: Placement Reflections


Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics
Life Histories
Bordering and Governance
Surveillance and Society
Gender Studies
Culture, Media and Politics

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