facebook BSc (Hons) Sociology with Politics – Bath Spa University

Sociology with Politics

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH28 or HH29 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

BA (Hons) Sociology with Politics
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH28 or HH29
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC or above.

View 'typical offers' for more information.

Discover the power and limitations of activism, social justice, ethical politics, and sustainability on this Politics and Sociology undergraduate course.

  • Imagine and explore a new political landscape, and ask critical questions about how we can change the world.
  • Study the emergence of popular movements, including feminism, gender politics, and political radicalism.
  • Access a wide range of facilities, from specialist library resources to our industry standard production studios.

Are you socially engaged, media conscious, inventive, and fascinated by how the world works? Have you wondered who has the power, how they got it, and what they do with it? Are you interested in new forms of political protest and engagement, from awareness-raising hashtags to demonstrations on the streets? From workers’ rights and smashing the patriarchy, to environmental activism and calls for sustainability?

This course positions politics in its sociological contexts, to enable you to explore the emergence of popular movements, feminism and gender politics, political radicalism and reaction, and established forms of political participation and governance.

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What you'll learn


Central to the course is a creative and collaborative approach to global political and social problems.

The structure of the programme will allow you to ask questions and explore controversies about issues such as culture wars and alt-politics, intersectionality, power and resistance, equality, discrimination and privilege, rights, citizenship and social justice, environmental justice and Green politics, gender and new wave feminism, theories and politics of "race" and ethnicity, and macro and micro economics.

You'll learn about the roots of modern political thought and the diverse ideologies that guide political action. You'll also gain an understanding of politics and society in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world.

Course structure

Year one
You'll learn about politics in an era of that combines old and new digital media, established political parties and new spaces of political action, political traditions, and how power meets resistance in the contemporary social world.

Year two
You'll develop your understanding of politics in a social context, learning more about political discourse and how this is applied in practice in public policies and social and political movements. You'll also learn more about social problems, social diversity and social justice, and methodological skills for researching social and political issues.

Year three
You'll apply your knowledge in an individual research project on politics and society. Politics will be considered in a global context, and you can also take specialist modules in social issues such as gender, environment, and ethnicity. There is also an opportunity for a placement in a third sector organisation which will enhance your understanding of grassroots bodies and associations.

How will I be assessed?

We use a range of assessments to gain a comprehensive measure of your performance. Examples may include coursework, practical assignments, projects, and possibly some exams, depending on your choice of modules.

How will I be taught?

You’ll participate in a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, masterclasses, and field trips.


Study abroad

The University offers an extra-curricular three-year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the Erasmus programme.

We also have our own extensive network of international partners.

Field trips

We could visit a variety of political organisations, ranging from parish councils to pressure groups.

Work placements, industry links and internships

An optional Professional Placement Year is available. Placements could include working for environmental groups, charities, pressure groups, etc..

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

BA (Hons) Sociology with Politics is taught at our Newton Park campus.


All modules can be found on our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, providing unlimited online access to learning materials such as handbooks, lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.

Our library gives you access to books, academic journals and DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. It also provides a place for individual study and collaborative work.

You'll also have access to fully-equipped TV studios and digital facilities.


UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students who are interested in understanding more about society and politics and how things can be changed. We want people who question the status quo, and who are willing to use imaginative thinking in order to solve important problems.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level - grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points are required
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

International applications

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Get ahead

Keep up with the news, but always with healthy scepticism. Read widely and critically around issues that concern you.

Find out more about the people and organisations making changes in the world - changes you want to see, and those you don’t!

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Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Programme Leader: Dr Catherine Morgan
Email: c.morgan3@bathspa.ac.uk

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