BA (Hons) Sociology

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Introduction

Delve beneath the surface of everyday life and modern societies and prepare for careers including community development, policy making and social care with our Sociology degree in Cambridge.

Amy's story

Convinced by a college trip to ARU

BA (Hons) Sociology student Amy Noakes talks about what convinced her to study at ARU, and why she loves studying sociology with us.

Join a course which achieved 100% overall satisfaction from our students (National Student Survey 2021).

On this degree you will explore what shapes societies and individual lives, the relations that connect individuals, groups and institutions within societies and those that the divide them. As a BA (Hons) Sociology student at ARU, you’ll look at the work of classical sociologists, such as Weber and Marx, and contemporary issues such as individualism and global communication and how they are changing human behaviour.

You’ll be able to specialise in areas that interest you too – such as the impact of intoxicants on societies, cybercrime, social control, sport or nature and society – through our range of optional modules.

We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU and our Sociology course ranked second in the UK for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2020) as well as achieving 100% overall satisfaction from our students (National Student Survey 2021).

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Hands-on learning

All our BA (Hons) Sociology students have the opportunity to:

Outstanding student support

Join our student community in Cambridge and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.

Careers

Our BA (Hons) Sociology degree will equip you with skills in independent, creative, critical and analytical thinking. Previous students have gone on to careers in journalism and the media, business administration and management, health management, the civil service, teaching, social care, social research, the police, prison and probation services.

Specialist modules in years 2 and 3 will help you tailor the course towards your career goals.

Whichever path you follow, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

You could also learn more about sociology, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our MA Sociology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Katie

"The lecturers and staff here are always supporting individual needs."

Katie

BA (Hons) Sociology

A day in the life of BA (Hons) Sociology student Katie

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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