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Business & Sociology

Sociology Banner Charlotte Wise

The diversity of modules gave me a comprehensive insight into the social world."


Charlotte Wise
Now studying for an MA in Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

ABB-BBB from three subjects.


*Variable offers available

This course is designed to develop your sociological analysis and research skills and a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management. 

Employed Aston Social Studies graduates earn £4,800 (27%) more than the UK average one year after graduating, according to the government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes survey (LEO).

Read about recent Languages and Social Sciences placement experiences.

 

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Aston's Sociology course is ranked Top 25 in the UK in the Sunday Times League Table, 2016.
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Sociology at Aston achieved 96% Overall Satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide, 2017.
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Sociology at Aston is ranked Top 20 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2017)
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Aston Business School holds triple accreditation status

ABB - BBB from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.   

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.   

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grade BB.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B in one A-level.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.   

Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL.   

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.   

Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. 

EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of choice, plus an alternative offer which will be one grade lower plus a grade B in EPQ, providing this course is selected as their Firm UCAS choice.

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.   

International Qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Foundation Programme in Social Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

Key Information:

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: LN31

GCSE requirements:GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.  

Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.   

  • Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  • In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement.
  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.
  • Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day

View our Admissions Policy. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

This course is designed to develop your sociological analysis and research skills and a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management. 

You will develop an informed understanding of the major debates shaping today’s society, and cultivate a wider ‘sociological imagination’ of the contemporary world. You will establish foundations in sociological approaches to gender, ‘race’, class and sexuality. This will feed into higher level courses that deal with more complex issues including the relationship between science and ‘race’, reproductive politics, corporate power, climate change, ageing, religion and media power.

You’ll study the theories, principles and underlying concepts of the main functions of management and develop a strong understanding of business models and processes. You’ll examine how strategic decision-making within organisations takes place, and develop the ability to recognise and analyse the economic, technical, financial, social and organisational parameters within which modern managers make decisions.

Your placement year will give you the opportunity to apply your key skills and competencies within a real work-based situation.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Click on the module titles to find out more.

Year 1

Core modules:
Introduction to Social Theory
Becoming a Social Scientist
Introductory Accounting for Business
Introduction to organisation Behaviour
Introduction to Marketing Management
Economic Environment of Business 

Year 2

Core modules:
Understanding Social Theory
Research Methods
Advanced Research Methods
Management Accounting   
Operations Management    
Business Policy     
Business Game   
Business Economics    
Business, Government and Society


And a choice of optional modules:
Advanced Social Theory
Global Society     
Embodiment and Feminist Theory  
Media and Society
Kith and Kin
Health Matters
The Social Life of Stuff
Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Race and Racisms
Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods
Welfare States and Welfare Change

Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year


Core:

Dissertation (Sociology)
Finance     
Value Based Strategy


Choose from the following optional modules:
Ageing, Society, Policy
Work, Organisations and Society
Racism, Class and Gender  
Contemporary Social Movements   
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Sport, Culture and Society 
Pregnancy and Politics: Cultural Norms and Family Policy
Learning to Labour? Education and Society
Religion and Society 
International Migration and Policy 
Popular Music and Society 
Health Policy
Challenges to Climate Change 
The citizen and the State
Food and Society in a Global Context

Choice of business options totalling 40 credits:
Theories and Practice of Leadership    
Psychology & Work   
International Marketing     
International Operations    
Effective Project Delivery    
Entrepreneurial Management    
Learning, Training and Development in Organisations  
Business Ethics
Consumer Research and the Customer Experience 

You will participate in lectures, tutorials, seminars, group and individual project work.  Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

The course deals with many topical issues, and as a result we try to incorporate current media coverage and public debates into class discussions and to link these to academic research and commentary wherever possible.

There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. The University offers training courses in study skills, and the Library’s Learning Development Centre provides one-to-one instruction, workshops and study guides for academic research and writing. You will be allocated an academic supervisor for this work and a Personal Tutor who can provide you with help and advice throughout your studies. To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in online student guides and module handouts, which include full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year.

We use a range of assessment methods and most modules are assessed with a combination of coursework and an end of year examination. Coursework includes essays, research reports, individual and group projects, statistics assignments, class tests and both individual and group presentations.

The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your studies in context and gain valuable professional experience. It is highly attractive to potential employers and many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

You can choose whether your placement has a business or a sociology focus and your may be in the UK or abroad. Placements taken by Aston students are generally paid, with the average salary being around £16,000.

In recent years our Joint Honours business and sociology degrees at Aston have undertaken placements in a variety of organisations, including:

  • Aston Villa Football Club

  • Behavioural Support Centres

  • British Energy

  • Children’s Society

  • Civil Service

  • Ford

  • Home Office

  • Marks and Spencer

  • NHS

  • People and Planet

  • Pupil referral units

  • Suffolk Youth Offending Service

  • University research and study placements (UK, US, Australia, Finland and Singapore)

You'll receive plenty of help and advice in finding your placement and specialist support and supervision from the University during your placement.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Our Sociology & Business graduates go on to pursue a very wide range of career paths. Graduates enter business and commercial careers, caring and social careers, teaching and local government careers and many others. Progression rate to a first job is very high for Aston students and career prospects are good.

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers where a sound understanding of
organisations, management, team work and communication skills are essential. 

Our Sociology & Sociology programme prepares you for many careers in both the public and private sector - for example advertising, management consultancy, caring and social careers, human resources management or teaching. 

The growth of the service sector puts Sociology & Business graduates at a  premium – they have insight into motivation and behaviour and know about people, relationships and community dynamics. Our graduates have excellent communication and teamwork skills, are critical and analytic and can design, conduct and analyse and evaluate research. As a manager you will be a problem solver, planner and leader, and this course aims to prepare you for these challenges. 

This course is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the opportunity to gain practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

In the Business School, teaching rooms and facilities have also been recently refurbished. All lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids and extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies. 

The School of Languages and Social Sciences has a dedicated student room, the ‘Cadbury
Room’, with social seating, study stations and meeting tables, WiFi, networked printing and
photocopying facilities.

As a Sociology student you'll have access to a wide range of resources for study and research, including access to thousands of online journals, books and databases; computer labs equipped with SPSS and NVivo data analysis software; and a dedicated learning technologies team that supports student research and creative production.

You are encouraged to borrow from our stock of research equipment, including video and digital voice recorders. You can sign up for workshops which focus on techniques of interviewing, conducting recorded focus groups, analysing audio and visual data, and
producing and editing video and audio media.

Although based in the School of Languages & Social Sciences, this course is taught jointly with staff from Aston Business School.

Dr Chrissie Rogers - Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Chrissie Rogers

“Sociology enables us to understand the personal and private lives of individuals and engage with the messy nature of everyday life. All of this can then be viewed in the context of the public sphere. For example, one of my areas of research is around the impacts of inclusion and exclusion for children and young people and in the UK ‘Every Child Matters’ promotes a meaningful sense of well-being for all children and ‘Education for All’ positions a global inclusive education strategy. These are just two of the policy contexts that address education as a means to promote inclusion and meaningful learning. But do they? Large numbers of pupils are not included, have poor educational experiences and are either marginalised or demonised. Education is failing children and young people. Not least of all because they are disengaged, alienated and excluded from a meaningful learning process. League tabling and competitive schooling is stifling. We need to address these divisions as sociologists. This focus is just one area that within teaching sociology we can really get to the heart of understanding difference and diversity. More broadly, as a sociologist I have written Parenting and Inclusive Education, Critical Approaches to Care (with Susie Weller) as well as working on Intellectual Disability and Social Theory.”

For more information, please contact the Languages & Social Sciences Admissions Office on +44 (0) 121 204 3777 or lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

"Interested? I'd love to hear from you."

Dr Sarah-Jane Page - Sociology and Social Policy Course Director
Dr Sarah-Jane Page - Sociology and Social Policy Course Director

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