Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology head model
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 2019

Overview

Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of our behaviour and how this interacts with culture and society?

This BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree course combines sociology’s study of human behaviour in society with psychology’s examination of the human mind.

The course provides a foundation to many varied careers, from community development and careers advice to teaching and charity work. You’ll also be primed for further training study or training.

100% of students were satisfied with this course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Explore sociology's long-standing attention to our individual lives and how this intersects with the lives of others and of society
  • Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
  • Assess competing perspectives and make reasoned arguments in relation to important social issues
  • Do research that connects your studies to real-life issues
  • Boost your career prospects by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies
  • Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will work with you help get started in your career.

You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • social work
  • counselling
  • banking and financial services
  • health and social care
  • local or national government
  • human resources and recruitment
  • sales
  • marketing and management

Our Careers and Employability team will support you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

​What you'll study

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

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Studying Society
  • Themes in Sociology
  • Theorising Social Life
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology for the Social Sciences

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Psychological Science
  • Critical Psychology
  • Doing Sociological Research
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Risk and Society

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Race, Ethnicity and Society
  • Transnational Elites and Social Inequality
  • The Sociology Of The Body
  • Learning from Experience

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation in Sociology

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Sociology Of Culture
  • Transformations Of Modern Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Power: Global Inequalities
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Equality Or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Craft, Career and Generation
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and The Everyday
  • Learning from Experience

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

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.

Previous students have completed projects at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the New Theatre Royal and local government departments. Our students also regularly work on small research projects for the local community.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

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:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • 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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your working hours may be different when you're on work placement.

You may need to go to work placements and other course events in the evenings and at weekends. When on placement you'll work 37.5 hours a week.

You're encouraged to attend weekly seminars on Thursdays to see what other scientists are working on and the relevance of their work to your studies and future career.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

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

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by written exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 33% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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 in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.