Gain an in-depth understanding of how human societies and individuals behave, then use your knowledge in a wide range of careers.
On this course you’ll explore the social worlds in which humans live, along with their striking features and possible futures. We’ll help you develop new methods for making sense of human existence, as well as new insights that challenge the way many people see the world.
In particular we explore why people live, work and interact in the ways they do. What are the causes and effects of their choices? How do factors such as popular culture influence them? How are issues such as gender, race, politics, beliefs and education perceived and dealt in societies?
Many organisations, from governments to advertising agencies, ask these fundamental questions when planning their next move. This course will provide you with the sociological knowledge, skills and techniques to find answers.
A variety of in-depth core modules will introduce you to the different areas of sociology, as well as specialist interests such as crime and deviance, gender relations, race and racism and social theory. Course content reflects changing emphases and developments within sociology, so you can be certain what you learn is current.
At the same time you’ll develop your abilities as an independent, creative, critical thinker, who can analyse complex situations and confidently challenge 'common sense' assumptions. And there’ll be plenty of opportunity to personalise your studies in years two and three, to reflect your career and professional goals.
You’ll be able to visit courts and prisons, take part in Anglia Graduate Society debates and undertake research projects for Peterborough Environment City Trust. We also have an active Social Science Society which organises guest lectures and trips.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, many of our social science academics were highly rated for their research work. They contribute to a variety of projects, including the work of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (now Storylab).
Many of our graduates have gone on to media or civil service careers, but the range is getting ever-wider and now includes financial services, HR management, teaching and general business management. Specialising in years two and three makes certain you’re prepared for your chosen career.
We’ll assess your progress using exams and essay assignments, as well as your presentations, group work, book reviews, portfolio and dissertation.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
Important fee notes
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.
Government funding 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 range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
88 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects. BTEC/Access required: a BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
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.
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