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VL53 BA Philosophy and Sociology (3 years)

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Introducing your degree

A Philosophy and Sociology degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent and rigorous education exploring the processes which lie behind social change, as well as the ideas and ideals driving those processes. During the BA in Philosophy and Sociology at Southampton you will gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues within philosophy and sociology while also pursuing your own interests through optional modules.

Your time here will be rich, stimulating and enjoyable, and you will graduate as an independently-minded, confident individual with the skills required for a successful career.

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Programme Structure

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a philosopher and sociologist by completing either a dissertation in either of your subjects.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

Key Facts

Unusually wide range of courses, with much of our teaching conducted in genuinely small groups

High contact hours, including small group teaching with faculty from your first year

Sociology modules cover topics ranging from gender, class and inequality, to criminology, migration and the internet

Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code VL36 when you apply through UCAS.

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
Typical A Levels entry requirements for BA Philosophy and Sociology
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level   
For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB to ABB
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB to BBB and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB to BBB
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AAB to ABB from 3 A levels
or
AA to AB from 2 A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level.
Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit
OR
60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.
Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 to H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 to A2 A2 B1 B1 B2 B2
Irish Leaving Certificate additional information Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 M2 to D3 M2 M2 in three principal subjects.
Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A to B in an A level.
Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA to AB in two A levels.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC National Extended Diploma.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A to B in an A level.
Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA to AB in two A levels.
Level 3 BTEC additional information Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall
OR
77% overall
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components
 

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE  
GCE A-level AAB to ABB from 3 A Levels. Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.
International Baccalaureate requirements 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 at Higher Level.
Preferred subjects

Applicants who are taking an A Level or International Baccalaureate module in one of our below preferred subjects will usually receive an offer of ABB or 32 points with 16 at Higher Level. Applicants who are not taking an A Level or International Baccalaureate module in one of our below preferred subjects will usually receive an offer of AAB or 34 points with 17 at Higher Level.

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • English
  • Religious Studies
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Sociology
  • Government and Politics
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB to BBB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Year 1

Compulsory
PHIL1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
CRIM1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory
PHIL2028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI2031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ANTH2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CRIM2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CRIM2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory
SOCI3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
PHIL3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SOCI3033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ANTH3002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CRIM3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CRIM3002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PAIR3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3054Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3055Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI3002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI3079Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI3083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Philosophy and SociologyBA2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Philosophy and SociologyBA2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS PHIL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses - All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Combine pleasure with learning
Combine pleasure with learning

Our teaching draws upon the cutting-edge research of Southampton's academics, all of whom are actively engaged in presenting and publishing their work in philosophy and sociology to international audiences.

We place special emphasis on small group teaching. Alongside lectures, you will participate from your first year of study in tutorials and seminars in which you will explore and develop your own ideas in discussion with fellow students and staff.

You will be assessed by more than just essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in teams, give presentations, submit group projects, develop websites, and manage larger research projects such as dissertations.

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, a leading academic who provides help and support at every stage of study.

Throughout the degree, we impart advanced skills in reasoning, research, communication, and analysis, skills which, alongside the support offered by the University's career service, will prepare you for further study or a future career.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study32%21%15%
Independent study67%79%85%
Placement study1%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment37%15%21%
Practical exam assessment0%5%9%
Coursework assessment63%80%70%

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