September 2022

New course launching September 2022, applications open this September. 

Sociology BA (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2022

Key Details

  • L300 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
Students at Newman reception


This course will run from September 2022 subject to a successful validation. Validation is a standard academic process that ensures the content of a course is up to date with current research and academic thinking and also relevant to the requirements of the potential employment market place.

Sociology is an exciting discipline which studies societies. Our Sociology programme will provide you with opportunities to explore and makes sense of the ways in which:

  • societies are structured and our role within them
  • inequalities are created and experienced by some groups more than others
  • social hierarchies and structures are reinforced over time • individuals experience their everyday lives and the impact of the status quo
  • ‘common-sense’ thinking shapes the ways individuals, groups and societies go about ‘doing things’, both locally and globally.

You will also be introduced to research design and research methods to support your understanding of how data is gathered, interpreted and used, as well as enabling you to undertake your own research project normally in your final year of study.

Why study this course?

The BA (Hons) Sociology is a modular programme delivered over 3 years (fulltime route).  If offers students the opportunity to develop skills and experience in independent critical thinking and the application of theoretical concepts to real world problems.  You will gain employability experience through work-related learning in your second year and through the inclusion of employer led live briefs throughout the programme.  You will be encouraged to consider topical debates and discourses including, for example, climate change and sustainability, poverty and social justice.  Newman will support you to achieve your academic aspirations.

What does the course cover?

You will cover a range of areas across your three years of study and examples of the subject areas you may cover include:

  • Understanding Society Using the Sociological Imagination • Sociological Theories – Classic and Contemporary
  • Social Construction of Crime and Deviance
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Popular Culture
  • Race, Racism and Society

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

How will I be assessed?

The programme will offer a range of different assessments to support all students to provide examples of their best work.  Assessments will be linked to real world practice and provide opportunities for academic and skills growth and development throughout your studies. Examples of assessments include:

  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Live briefs
  • Reflective accounts

What careers could I consider?

Our Sociology degree at Newman University offers you opportunities to develop your employability skills throughout your degree and particularly through mandatory work-related learning in your second year of study. Sociology graduates develop skills and knowledge which enable them to go into a wide range of careers and professions in the public, private and third sectors, including education, social services, local government, media organisations, health services, banking, insurance and marketing.

Studying and Living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

International Students
The University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

The Direct Application Link for September 2022 will be added soon.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Newman offers a well-stocked library including access to an extensive range of acidic journals and other materials.  Students may wish to purchase some additional books for their own ongoing use and may wish to allocate around £50 per year for this.

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees.