BA (Hons) Education and Sociology

Our Joint BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree at Birmingham provides a stimulating and thought-provoking opportunity to study all aspects of education and sociology in equal proportions.

On the BA Education and Sociology degree you will learn about key issues facing contemporary societies, including globalisation, the changing nature of work and the family, gender roles and multiculturalism.

The course has a practical focus on career development and will help you display a broad knowledge over two disciplines. 

The BA (Hons) Education and Sociology programme includes a placement in your second year so that you can apply your knowledge to work with children and young people in a professional setting. 

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On the BA (Hons) Education and Sociology programme, you will study Education and Sociology in equal proportions to Honours degree level (60 credits from each subject at each level). 

The Education Programme

On the education programme you will learn about education as a dynamic process of human, cultural, economic, and social development that is fundamental to a changing, globalised world. Education combines ideas and research from a number of pathways including psychology, sociology, philosophy and history. 

The Sociology Programme

On the sociology programme you will critically and comparatively analyse major sociological topics, such as: the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and wider social processes; the dynamics of stability and change; and the distribution of power.

International Students

The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900. We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, how to apply and funding options, then you can visit our international students webpage. You may also wish to take a virtual tour of our campus

I enjoy the course very much because the content is very diverse. We get a lot of support from our tutors and lecturers. They are very supportive, especially to international students.” Ho Cheuk Lam, BA Education student 

Modules

First Year

In your first year of study you will take a number of compulsory modules to develop your sociological and educational knowledge. All modules are 20 credits.

The compulsory modules are:

You must choose 20 credits from the School of Education optional modules which include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Equality and Diversity: Children, Families and Society
  • Schooling: a social and cultural history

Second Year

In the second year you will extend your subject knowledge through a number of compulsory modules:

You will then choose

You need to choose 20 credits from options provided by the School of Sociology and 20 credits from options provided by the School of Education.

Optional modules include:

  • Education Policy and Social Justice
  • Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Global Societies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Changing Behaviours
  • Global Education
  • Child Development 
  • Sociology of Race' and Ethnicity - A Global Perspective

Third Year

In your final year you will further develop your knowledge and skills in Education and Sociology. As well as the compulsory modules, there are a variety of optional modules to choose from.

Compulsory Modules:

There is a wide variety of optional Modules:

  • Children as Citizens
  • Environment, Politics and Society
  • The Public Domain 
  • Technology and Society
  • Sociology of Film
  • Sociology of Success and Fame
  • Political Sociology
  • Cultural Psychology & Child Development
  • Gender & Education
  • Learning Communities
  • Exploring Disability and Inclusion
  • Global Capitalism and Migration
  • Identity, Politics and Everyday Life
  • Issues in Crosscultural Studies: Identities, Culture and Representation
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Sociology of Personal Life

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

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Fees and funding

2019 - 2020

UK Students

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.

EU Students

For EU students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250 provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.

Overseas Students

For overseas students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge £16,740 for the first year of study.

Visit our tuition fees pages for more information on the fees.

Scholarships

Learn more about our scholarships and awards

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation. The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students. It is also open to final-year undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for, or who have already applied for, a place on a postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
ABB
General Studies:
Not accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are accepted but subjects are considered on a case by case basis. Grades: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD; typical offers when offered in combination with A Levels: A in A Level plus DM in the BTEC Diploma; or AB in A Levels plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 655 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Additional information:

Maths and English at GCSE grade C. Please note, a GCSE Science at grade C is preferred but not essential. (For students wishing to pursue a career in Primary or Early Years teaching, it is essential to hold a GCSE Science at grade C).

Typical offer grades are for guidance only, and will depend on the subjects you are combining. Please read the entries for both subjects. Where there is a disparity between the typical offer for Subject A and the typical offer for Subject B, the higher offer should be taken as the usual offer for the combination of the two. 

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply.

Learn more about international entry requirements

English language support - before your course starts

The University offers Presessional English courses for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS .  

English language support - during your studies

Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.   

Our Foundation Pathways at the University of Birmingham combine the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience. Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to UK undergraduate study, the foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com  

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As a Birmingham student you will learn from world-leading experts. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Learning experience

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, including lectures, seminars, individual tuition and individual and small group research projects.

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but you will have access to a wealth of support to help you make this transition. Personal tutors and welfare tutors can help with both academic and welfare issues, and offer help for any particular areas where you need support. You will also have the use of dedicated e-learning, IT and library facilities within the schools and university to support your studies.

The tutors in the School of Education and the School of Social Policy are taught by experienced specialists. Many have published widely in their area of expertise and can offer a unique perspective of their subject.  Our teaching and assessment strategy reflect this concern with the real world. As well as learning in lectures and seminars, students are asked to undertake a variety of enquiry based learning activities; undertaking small research projects, participating in public debates and working in groups to solve problems.

Contact hours

Throughout your Education degree you can expect about 12 hours of contact time per week. The precise number of contact hours will vary from year to year and will be affected by the particular module choices you make. Contact hours consist of lectures, seminars and a variety of other activities designed to help you to develop your learning.    

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.

We assess students not only the basis of the knowledge they gained, but also the skills that they have acquired. You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams. Students also prepare portfolios of experiences and activities which enhances their employability on graduation. Our assessment strategy does not just deliver grades. It seeks to widen horizons and to promote self-development so that our graduates are valued for their leadership and problem solving capabilities.

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that support from tutors is made available to enable you to learn for the future. 

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

The University of Birmingham was named University of the Year for graduate employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. Our award-winning Careers Network team can help you develop your career from the moment you arrive with us, through bespoke training and events. Careers Network support is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialist college team who can give you expert advice.

A University of Birmingham degree is highly sought after by employers as evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Graduates from our Joint BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree will gain comprehensive knowledge of two disciplines and will allow you to develop a range of skills and practical experience which will enable you to pursue either educational or sociological study at a higher level or to secure employment as educationalists or sociologists. Reasoning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme, and practiced in the context of two disciplines, are readily transferable to a large number of professions and other careers. 

Transferable skills include: 

  • written communication developed through writing essays; 
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time; 
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving; 
  • IT skills.