Sociology and Psychology BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Social relationships, race, ethnicity, gender, the powerful and powerless, mental processes and structures: Sociology and Psychology covers a range of topics.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

CL83

Places available (subject to change)

10

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

About the course

Our society is rapidly changing. The study of psychology and sociology together is a fascinating and distinctive synergy of two closely related disciplines. This type of study provides an enhanced set of ‘people skills’ that go beyond those gained from studying a single subject.

On the course we’ll give an equal weight to both sociology and psychology. On the sociology side, you’ll study and analyse social relationships in a range of human experiences. From relationships between men and women to the formulation of identity, from race, ethnicity and gender through to the relationship between the powerful and powerless in society, you’ll cover some fascinating areas.

Psychology examines the same areas, but from the viewpoint of the individual, looking at their mental processes and structures. So by combining sociology and psychology together, you could gain a well-rounded picture of human society and behaviour.

During your studies your tutors will aim to engage you through thematic teaching. That means you’ll often study both sociology and psychology together, looking at real-life examples and situations. In your second year, you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement. It could help you put your skills into practice, and be invaluable to increasing your future employability prospects. In your second year you may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

The course could be the ideal starting point for a career in the civil service, public service and charities, and many other sectors. You’ll also become eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Students undertaking Sociology and Psychology have the opportunity to engage with contemporary issues and use the sociology and psychology they learn to offer positive and innovative responses in a stimulating and supportive environment. Further, they develop a set of essential transferable skills throughout their course that are sought after by employers in a wide range of employment sectors.

Chris Cameron - Staff Endors - Sociology

Chris Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural and Social Sciences

Placements


Through the ‘Exploring Work and Careers’ ' module in year 2, you'll have the opportunity to apply your learning and knowledge in a professional setting, via a practical work-based experience. This is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Previous placement providers have included schools, colleges, charities, law firms, community organisations and commercial businesses.

My work placement at the Young Person’s Prevention and Support Service prepared me for the workplace as I was given responsibilities such as running the ‘drop in’ service, this gave me the opportunity understand the experiences of young people.

Bobbie Horsfall, graduated from Behavioural Sciences BSc(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of |Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 with no lower than a 5.5 in any single component. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Student Story


Aster is studying Sociology BSc(Hons). Watch her film to hear her talk about the course and her experiences at the University since moving from Hong Kong.

Aster also talks about her interest in human rights and how the course has given her the opportunity to speak at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York. She talks about what makes Sociology such an inspiring subject, student jobs and how students are supported at the University. Watch Aster’s film to find out more.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Sociology - Society and Culture

You'll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Century, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. You'll also examine different approaches to culture and cultural texts, before going on to study themes within contemporary culture such as cultural identity, the body and consumption, and the self. Assessment on this module will be through coursework, which may be based on the sociological element of the module and on the cultural studies aspect. The coursework will include essays and an annotated bibliography.

Option modules. Choose one from a list which may include:

Perspectives in Psychology

In this module you'll study personality, social and developmental psychology as well as qualitative research methods. You'll be supported to develop a range of academic skills through attending personal tutor groups. Your learning will be assessed through a multiple choice exam, a two hour exam and two pieces of coursework. You'll write an essay based on your learning and produce a report on a piece of qualitative research that you'll conduct.

Introduction to Cognition; Biological Psychology and Quantitative Research Methods

You'll be introduced to theoretical approaches and debates in cognitive and biological psychology, as well as analytical research skills using quantitative methods. You'll be supported to identify and explain the internal mental processes and biological factors that underpin behaviour through coursework, involving two practical reports. Your understanding of the theory in biopsychology and cognitive psychology and the practical skills required to select the appropriate methods and analysis related to quantitative research in psychology will be assessed through an exam.

With option modules across each of the three years, you’ll be able to lead your studies and select areas that interest you.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, workshops, Blackboard and work placement. Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. 16% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Course facilities

The University offers a huge range of specialised research facilities which can be found in our Psychology labs. Using a combination of the latest technology and the most forward thinking minds, our lecturers will help you explore some of the exciting theories and studies this field has to offer, and encourage you to develop crucial practical skills. If you thought human behaviour was interesting, you’ve only just scratched the surface.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. 

*Source: Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

90-91%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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