Business and Sociology BSc 2021

Understand the world and how to change it. Whether you want to run your own business, succeed in a global organisation, or make a difference in society through social enterprise, Business and Sociology could be for you.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years with integrated placement year /

3 years without integrated placement year (option only available for international/EU students)

UCAS code(s)

LN31

Start date

Course outline and modules

What you’ll learn

You will establish foundations in sociological approaches to gender, race, class and sexuality before more complex issues between science and race, reproductive politics, corporate power, climate change, aging, religion and media power.

You’ll study the theories, principles and underlying concepts of the main functions of management, equipped with a strong understanding of business models and processes, all brought to life with real-world examples and case studies. 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. 

Real-world experience 

Your integrated placement in your third year will give you the opportunity to apply your key skills and competencies within a real work-based environment. You’ll also get opportunities to bring your learning to life in a real-world setting, from discussing current issues in the media to undertaking your own research in Birmingham.  

Careers 

Our graduates have gone on to work in a diverse range of roles across the public and private sector, from advertising and human resource management, to social care, teaching and public services. Recent employers have included British Gas, RBS, Airbus and Hays.  

International students 

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. 

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Social Theory
  • Becoming a Social Scientist
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Economic Environment of Business
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Fundamental Strategy
  • Virtual Business Simulation

 

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Global Society
  • Embodiment and Feminist Theory
  • Media and Society
  • Kith and Kin
  • The Social Life of Stuff
  • Crime, Subversion and Injustice
  • Racisms
  • Contested Cities
  • Welfare States and Welfare Change
  • Organising for Social Justice
Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

Core modules:

  • Dissertation (Sociology)
  • Theories and Practice of Leadership
  • Business Ethics

 

Optional modules:

  • Work, Organisations and Society
  • Bodies, Power and Resistance
  • Contemporary Social Movements
  • Pregnancy and Politics
  • Education and Digital Society
  • Religion and Society
  • Corporate Power in a Globalised World
  • Migration, Borders and Belonging
  • Health Policy
  • The Challenges of Climate Change
  • International Marketing
  • International Operations
  • Learning and Development
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Innovation
  • Consumer Research and the Customer Experience

 

Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels.

BBC in 3 A Level subjects

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

CCC in 3 A Level subjects for our contextual offer scheme

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.

For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A Levels - Distinction, Distinction (DD) and Grade B at A Level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BB at A Level.

IB

29 points overall with grades 5, 5, 4 in 3 higher level subjects

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

Access to HE & other

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

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.

For students with good A Level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, you may be interested in the Foundation Programme in Social Sciences (UK students) or the International Foundation Programme in Social Sciences (International students)

GCSE

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language OR English Literature– grade C/4

Learning, teching and assessment

Our close employer links and focus on practical experiences to transfer to the workplace means you’ll get a blend of learning and teaching experiences that will equip you for your career. You’ll also get the opportunity to undertake your own research in the heart of Birmingham.

Learning and teaching 

As a business and sociology student at Aston, you will experience our innovative approach to teaching, which combines a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group and individual project work.

Traditional teaching is supported by our virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.

Because this course deals with many topical issues, we incorporate current media coverage and public debates into class discussions and link these to academic research and commentary wherever possible.

Study skills

There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and 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 to help you with your final year dissertation 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. 

Assessment

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.

Personal development  

Our business degrees are 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. This experience will develop your team working and negotiating skills.  

The integrated placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics, which cannot be replicated in the lecture hall.
 

Programme Director(s)

Dr Tom Mills (Sociology)
 

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International/EU students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £15,950

During placement year: £2,500

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as home students. Further information can be found here.

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

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

From this course you’ll have developed insight into the motivations and behaviours of people, relationships and community dynamics as well as a breadth of business knowledge, skills and applied experience. You’ll understand people and community dynamics, have excellent communication and teamwork skills, fantastic problem solving, critical and analytical skills, including being able to design, conduct and evaluate research.

Recent graduates 

You can pursue a wide range of career paths including business, commercial, social, teaching and local government with the public and private sectors. Recent graduates have gone on to work in advertising, management consultancy, caring and social careers, human resource management and teaching for employers including:

  • Hays 
  • Bosch 
  • British Gas 
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland (TBS) 
  • Interserve 
  • Airbus 
  • Solihull Care Housing Association 
  • Imperial College London 
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
     

Graduate roles have included Business Analyst, Corporate Engagement Executive, Insurance Broker, Mental Health Support Worker, National Project Coordinator, Person Centred Support Worker and Procurement Manager.  

Best University Careers Service Award

Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service'.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020 for it's use of innovative ideas to engage a high number of students with the service in order to support them with their career planning.

Aston University has strong links with national and international organisations with over 200 employers interacting with students on campus each year.

Frequently asked questions

Why study BSc Business and Sociology at Aston? 

You will get to explore, debate and discuss some of the biggest issues in society whilst learning about a variety of business functions and putting all of this into practice in real-world environments, along with an integrated placement year.

Is a placement useful for BSc Business and Sociology? 

Your integrated placement year will help you to demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. A placement also helps you to understand the type of career you may want to establish once you graduate. It helps you put the learning in lectures into practice and develop skills that you can’t replicate by studying alone.

Your integrated placement year will help you to demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. A placement also helps you to understand the type of career you may want to establish once you graduate. It helps you put the learning in lectures into practice and develop skills that you can’t replicate by studying alone.

What kind of jobs does a degree in BSc Business and Sociology lead to? 

You will gain strategic management skills, a broad-based knowledge of business and opportunity to develop a specialism in sociology.

Recent graduate roles include Business Analyst, Corporate Engagement Executive, Insurance Broker, Mental Health Support Worker, National Project Coordinator, Person Centred Support Worker and Procurement Manager.  

Why Aston University Business School? 

Aston University’s Business School is amongst the top 1 per cent of business schools in the world to have triple accreditation. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us ‘Gold’ and we are first in the UK for ‘Value Added’, comparing our students’ entry grades with their final degree result, showing the quality of our teaching (Aston University, Guardian University Guide, 2020). All of this means we really value your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

Why should international students choose Aston University? 

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

 

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