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UCAS Code
L3C8
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022

Overview

Prepare to lead the world into a more positive future.

Human thought and behaviour shapes our society, which in turn shapes our experience as global citizens. Take a psychological approach to the most pressing social issues of our time, from global economic inequality and the migrant crisis to world hunger, climate change and gender equality - and see how our actions interact with and influence social justice and wellbeing in the world.

You'll study traditional psychology and social psychology concepts such as consciousness, memory, personality and intelligence. On this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree, you'll conduct your own research into societal issues that matter most to you, developing the skills to influence positive change such as critical thinking, leading on research projects, analysing data and communicating proposals for change effectively.

Course highlights

  • Learn from leading academics actively researching solutions to social inequalities and exploring the social structures that shape our lives, including researchers from our Sociology and Social Theory Research Group
  • Tailor your studies to topics that match your ambitions from a diverse range of specialist modules, including social justice, gender and sexuality, race and racism and global inequality
  • Use psychological theory to address one of three 'unsolvable issues' (homelessness, domestic violence or unemployment), simulating projects you'll work on in future health-related careers
  • Hear from industry specialists on topics such as racism, asylum and gender-based violence – recent guest speakers have come from Friends Without Borders and Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Services (PARCS)
  • Discover how to present your knowledge and research to a wider audience, through the production of a video or podcast on an optional module
  • Learn to use industry-leading software, such as SPSS statistical analysis software and NVivo qualitative data analysis software, to transform your research into actionable findings

The psychological approach on this course is designed to enhance your understanding of sociology beyond sociological theory – it doesn't offer British Psychological Society accreditation (BPS) but strongly prepares you for further study or training related to the psychological and social sciences.

Every lecturer has a clear passion for what they are teaching us and it really shows in all the support they give to us students. This extends to outside the classroom as well. I have taken on volunteering through the University's careers service to help build up my CV and due to me looking into a Social Work Masters. My lecturers, Rusten and Sue really helped me to gain those opportunities. 

Castiel Martin, BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Careers and opportunities

The course provides a solid foundation for moving into a variety of people-focused careers, from community development and careers advice, to teaching and charity work. You'll have the communication, research, critical thinking and analysis skills employers look for to lead on complex projects, convert report findings into manageable insights and manage people with an understanding of how the mind works.

After the course you could also continue your studies to a PhD or other postgraduate qualification, following in the footsteps of your lecturers.

From Portsmouth, I went straight into employment with my current employer. I have met several people who also went to Portsmouth and they have all said what a good practical course it is. I have managed to quickly progress through the business which was because of the good footing Portsmouth University gave me.

Leah Harvey, BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology

What sectors can you work in with a sociology with psychology degree?

Many of our sociology graduates go into people-focused roles, or in roles that allow them to do research, shape social policies or bring about social change.

Areas you could go into include:

  • teaching and lecturing (with additional training or further study)
  • research and policy
  • health and social care
  • advertising, marketing and media
  • local government
  • careers advice, human resources and recruitment
  • charity work and community development

What jobs can you do with a sociology with psychology degree?

Roles you could go onto include:

  • peer support and young persons service manager
  • youth worker
  • school teacher or college lecturer
  • research executive
  • fundraising and project manager
  • hr adviser
  • social worker
  • evidence and evaluation manager

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our sociology courses have worked for companies such as:

  • Solent Mind
  • Chance UK
  • The Prince's Trust
  • NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chance UK
  • Enham Trust (disability charity)

Placement year opportunities and work experience

Taking an optional placement year after your second year of study will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You'll get valuable work experience and the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt. Our students also regularly work on research projects for the local community.

Potential destinations

Previous students have taken placements roles at organisations including:

  • National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS)
  • New Theatre Royal
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Solent Recovery College
  • Volkswagen
  • local government departments

Get credit towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements

You have the option to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) module – getting credit from paid/unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work related learning, including self-employment. You'll have the freedom to arrange your own activities, and we'll support your achievements through workshops, events and tutorials.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

The modules are set up to relate to real people in real-life situations at the same time as looking at the wider theories, and the lecturers are great at being approachable as part of their teaching.

Natasha Gohel, BSc Hons Sociology with Psychology student

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Developing Your Sociological Imagination – 40 credits
  • Enrichment – 0 credits
  • Introduction to Social Psychology – 20 credits
  • Psychology for the Social Sciences – 20 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis – 20 credits
  • Theorising Social Life – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Critical Psychology – 20 credits
  • Doing Sociological Research – 20 credits
  • Enrichment – 0 credits
  • Modernity and Globalisation – 20 credits
  • Psychological Science – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Challenging Global Inequality – 20 credits
  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues (l5) – 20 credits
  • Emotions and Social Life – 20 credits
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice – 20 credits
  • Family, Career and Generation – 20 credits
  • Food, Culture, and Society – 20 credits
  • Gender and Sexuality – 20 credits
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis And the Everyday – 20 credits
  • Race and Racism – 20 credits
  • Risk and Society – 20 credits
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent – 20 credits
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity – 20 credits
  • Sociology of Religion – 20 credits
  • Understanding Personal Life – 20 credits
  • The Body: Sociological Perspectives – 20 credits
  • The Sociology of Education – 20 credits

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Examples of placement organisations include:

  • Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service
  • Why Me? Restorative Justice
  • SEK International School, Spain
  • Aurora New Dawn – a charity giving safety, support, advocacy and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Research Methods in Psychology – 20 credits
  • Enrichment – 0 credits
  • Psychology in the Community – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Challenging Global Inequality – 20 credits
  • Consumer Society:critical Themes and Issues (l6) – 20 credits
  • Dissertation (sociology) – 40 credits
  • Emotions and Social Life – 20 credits
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice – 20 credits
  • Family, Career and Generation – 20 credits
  • Food, Culture and Society – 20 credits
  • Gender and Sexuality – 20 credits
  • General Language Grade 4 Part A (French) – 20 credits
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits
  • Learning from Experience – 20 credits
  • Major Project – 40 credits
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis And the Everyday – 20 credits
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits
  • Race and Racism – 20 credits
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent – 20 credits
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity – 20 credits
  • Sociology of Religion – 20 credits
  • Understanding Personal Life – 20 credits
  • The Body: Sociological Perspectives – 20 credits

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Alternative sociology courses

Not quite sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other sociology courses to compare your options.

If you want to build a solid foundation in classic sociological theories, learn how to apply them to produce social change and develop competent research skills, take a look at our Sociology degree.

If you want to explore how human relationships and social structures influence behaviour and discover how power dynamics and inequalities create crime, take a look at our Sociology with Criminology degree.

If you want to study specialist areas of sociological study while developing the knowledge and skills to expertly dissect the media, take a look at our Sociology with Media Studies degree.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

There's an emphasis on participation with lots of group debates and discussions. You'll also take control of your own learning by doing research, surveys and interviews.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • a 10,000-word dissertation in year 3

Coursework typically makes up around 100% of your final mark.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BSc Hons Sociology with Psychology degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 10 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship –  may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L3C8
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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