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Sociology and Social Policy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #99 (QS) Nottingham, United Kingdom
On the Sociology and Social Policy course at University of Nottingham , you’ll question and explore the workings of contemporary societies and how they shape the lives of diverse groups and individuals. 
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What social norms bind or separate us? How should we run a society to best cater for all its citizens? How do individuals or groups bring about social change at a local and global level?

You’ll also consider how the state responds to major social problems such as poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and unemployment, so you can discover how to make a difference in our increasingly complex world.

You can tailor your Sociology and Social Policy course at University of Nottingham to your interests and career goals through optional modules that examine subjects like human rights, miscarriages of justice, international social policy and cults. You can also enhance your CV by studying abroad at a partner institution in locations like Australia, the USA or Canada.


Your personal tutor will oversee your academic and personal development, and will offer support with your studies and welfare. There are also regular careers talks and events on enhancing your CV.

Our graduates are valued by employers for their ability to:

  • develop an argument and justify it with evidence
  • write coherently and succinctly with a clear structure
  • complete work on time and to the specification required
  • think critically and challenge accepted ideas
  • select, collect and analyse relevant materials in order to carry out independent research
  • present their work verbally and in writing
  • work as a team to achieve goals

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge that you will build throughout this course, you will develop key transferable skills that are in high-demand by employers.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates choose careers where they can make a real difference to society. They follow a wide range of pathways including criminal justice, healthcare, welfare and education. The breadth of skills you'll acquire on your degree will also enable you to pursue a career in numerous sectors including journalism, PR, marketing and IT.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Sociology
  • Identity in Popular Culture
  • Investigating Social Worlds
  • Understanding Contemporary Society
  • Why Do Policies Fail?
  • Citizenship and Rights in a Globalised World

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • IB score: 32
  • IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • A level offer ABB excluding general studies, critical thinking and CIE thinking skills

Consequently we treat all applicants with alternative qualifications (besides A-levels and the International Baccalaureate) on an individual basis, and we gladly accept students with a whole range of less conventional qualifications including:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma

Tuition Fee

  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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