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Are you interested in how our lives are shaped by relationships with other people and institutions? Do you want to unpick the ways of thinking that construct and influence our societies? 

Sociology examines societies, social issues and problems, looking at how they impact upon the lives of individuals.

Course Benefits

Learn from the experts. Our courses are developed and taught by experienced and passionate social researchers.

Graduate with professional work experience, thanks to the placements included with your degree.

Take charge of your learning through group discussion and collaboration

You’ll be assessed by coursework, instead of exams.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You’ll develop a wide range of knowledge in contemporary sociological theory and practice, exploring topics from urban sociology and gender and society, to criminality and globalisation.

Professional experience is crucial, so you’ll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree. We’ll work with you to match you with one of our employer partners, or we’ll support you in finding your own placement.

Employers frequently praise the eye for detail and critical thinking skills of Sociology graduates, as well as the transferable skills that they develop. By the time you graduate, we aim to make you a confident, articulate, knowledgeable and critical graduate ready for a wide range of graduate roles.

Year 1

In the first year you will explore the introductory core theories (both classical and modern) as well as key issues and concepts that underpin the discipline of sociology.

You will be challenged to address your own preconceptions of society whilst encouraged to consider the variety of ethical and social justice issues that arise in a modern, globalised society. Key research techniques will also be introduced which are used to enhance our understanding of society.  The year ends with a professional placement, following a period of placement preparation activities.

Year 2

You will build upon your core knowledge to gain a detailed understanding of the contemporary and global social issues that sociologists have analysed, which may include: consumerism, globalisation, and contemporary social inequalities. Alongside the core sociology of year two, you also have the opportunity to specialise exploring topics such as sociology and religion, politics and culture, or children’s rights. You will further develop your understanding of contemporary research practices before finishing the year completing a second professional placement.

Year 3

In year three you will have the opportunity to further specialise in your sociological studies exploring topics such as: gender and society, the sociology of childhood, prisons and punishment, or the sociology of sport. In addition to the contemporary sociology module choices you will apply all of your knowledge to undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice in your dissertation, or, alternatively, undertake an independent social project.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SOC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SOC4012 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC4022 - Introduction to Criminology
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4052 - Changing Contexts for Sociology
  • SOC4092 - Urban Sociology
  • SOC4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP5242 - Children's Rights, Young People and the Law
  • SHL5362 - Global Sport
  • SOC5012 - Reimagining the Global
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5072 - Cultures of Crime
  • SOC5092 - Understanding Everyday Life
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2
  • SOC5252 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)
  • TRS5912 - Sociology and Anthropology of Religion

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP6152 - Sociological Perspectives of Childhood
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • SHN6262 - Sport and Society
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6012 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6102 - Gender and Society
  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 199 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 861 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 172 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 923 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 12.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 147 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,054 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.

Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

The programme will include specific support for achieving successful completion of the professional skills tests required for teacher training and all students will complete a placement or volunteering module in each year of the programme.

At Level 5 you will have one option module choice from a wide range of modules and at Level 6 you will have two module option choices.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% written exams

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 95.8% coursework; 4.2% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

​Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@lee​​​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Paul Salisbury

​​​​My name is Dr Paul Salisbury and I currently lead the BA (Hons) Sociology. I have a background in the social sciences, and in particular, how sociology helps explain modern cultural issues. 

My main research interest is in the sociology of sport. I teach core and optional modules throughout the degree course.


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Our BA (Hons) Sociology degree course is Leeds Trinity’s exciting new area of provision. The course aims to deepen your understanding of the subject and develop your employability skills which is central to our University’s ethos.

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My professional work placement meant that I graduated with work experience on my CV - I was ahead of the game when I applied for graduate jobs.

Emily Bowe

BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families

Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You’ll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree. Thanks to the versatility of a Sociology degree, you can choose to complete a placement based on your specific interests.

Our students have worked in primary and secondary schools, youth support projects, local offices of Members of Parliament, research consultancies, media organisations such as ITV, HM Prison Service, Leeds City Council roles, publishing houses, religious organisations, market research firms, and a wide range of charities in the UK and abroad.

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Your degree will prepare you for roles in professions including education, social work, the third sector, social services, teaching, the Criminal Justice System and business. You can also use the transferable skills you’ve developed to enter many areas of graduate employment.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MRes Social Research, MA Criminology, and PGCE courses.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping. It's also an internationally recognised centre for learning and offers brilliant graduate job prospects.  
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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Sociology Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.

Work Placements​

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year

Top 10

​We're top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (according to the Guardian University Guide 2015) 

Top 15​

Top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

​2nd in the UK​

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian's University Guide

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