Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – The standard offer will be AAB at A-level, however for applicants who have undertaken at least one of the following subjects at A-level: Sociology, Politics or Psychology, the typical offer will be ABB.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why take this course?

Sociologists make a difference to our society. Could you?

Sociologists aim to understand people's behaviour as social beings, but also the wider social, cultural, political and economic factors influencing our ever-changing world.

  • How is our relationship with our mobile phones changing the way we live?
  • Is social media making our lives more or less stressful?
  • If you’re one of the millions tuning in to Love Island, do you wonder why we are so fascinated with celebrity and reality TV?
  • How will an obsession with video games, like Fortnite, effect children now, and the adults they grow to be?
  • Will the thousands who have suffered unemployment continue to be affected by the experience after they have found work?
  • Do social movements like #MeToo and #BLM change society?


The Sociology degree focuses on applying knowledge and theory to real life situations, including health and medicine, social care and education. We help you to develop your 'sociological imagination' to understand our social world in-depth as well as develop social science research skills. This will provide you with transferable skills, which you can use in your personal and professional development. These are skills that employers are looking for; to think quickly and creatively, to collect and critically evaluate evidence, to construct arguments around complex local, national and global issues.

Entry Requirements

The standard offer will be AAB at A-level, however for applicants who have undertaken at least one of the following subjects at A-level: Sociology, Politics or Psychology, the typical offer will be ABB.

It is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level but please note that we do not accept General Studies.

We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. In recognition that the qualification provides excellent preparation for our degree schemes, our offers will incorporate 120 UCAS points for completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) Core.

Access to HE: 24 Distinctions and 15 Merits              


Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-375 points

International Baccalaureate: 32-33 points

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Tutor directly in the first instance. Email:

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc Hons Full-time £9,000 £15,100

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus.
  • Photocopying and buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (£57.20)
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library, but students may wish to purchase their own personal copies
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies

Course Structure

During your time as a Sociology student at Swansea University your learning will be supported through lectures, seminars, student-led activities and e-learning materials. We are committed to developing our students as researchers, team-players, leaders and managers.

You will be taught by an academic team who are research active and widely published keeping pace with the most current global social science debates.

You will learn how to generate new knowledge and information using a variety of tools from large social surveys interpreted through statistics through to in-depth interviews.

You will also have learning opportunities through:

  • Work placements
  • Additional study sessions to support assessments
  • Blackboard discussion groups, blogs and other learning opportunities such as TED talks, Podcasts and YouTube.
  • Accessing modules from other degree programmes.
  • Research groups

International Students

Applicants whose first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test.

We welcome applications from non-UK students and we consider a wide range of international qualifications.

  • Applications for BSc (Hons) Sociology must be made through UCAS.

Applicants with supporting information which they believe might not be captured on their UCAS application form or with other queries should email:

Sociology Careers

Depending on the sector, Sociology graduates can expect to earn an average annual salary of £22,000 and more senior posts may rise to £50,000.

Having a Sociology degree gives you the opportunity to focus on a range of different career paths including:

  • Youth work
  • Education
  • Research
  • Journalism
  • Policy development
  • Legal, police and probation services
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Ecology and Environmental Planning
  • Human Resources

Some large retailers, the police force and the media are now actively recruiting sociologists, as they realise that their key business is people.

The Sociology degree will equip you for further professional and vocational training in fields such as:

  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Postgraduate study or research



Please visit the Swansea University Accommodation pages for further information. 

Global Opportunities

Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam. 

Students studying Society and Wellbeing courses at the College of Human and Health Sciences have an opportunity to participate in a Homestay Scheme with the University of Houston, Texas.

Find out more here...