Sociology - BA (Hons)

You’ll be able to specialise in areas that interest you too – such as the impact of intoxicants on societies, cybercrime, social control, sport or nature and society – through our range of optional modules.

As a BA (Hons) Sociology student at ARU, you’ll look at the work of classical sociologists, such as Weber and Marx, and contemporary issues such as individualism and global communication and how they are changing human behaviour.

Course details

On this degree you’ll explore what shapes societies and individual lives, the relations that connect individuals, groups and institutions within societies and those that the divide them. 

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU. Throughout your BA (Hons) Sociology degree, you’ll learn from sociologists who specialise in social policy and theory and undertake research into a wide range of sociological issues including ‘race’ and ethnicity, urban sociology, delinquency and disorder, the sociology of sport, notions of belonging, governance, moral regulation, social constructions of alcohol, gender-based violence, social justice, and social relations in marginalised communities.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) Sociology degree will equip you with skills in independent, creative, critical and analytical thinking. Previous students have gone on to careers in journalism and the media, business administration and management, health management, the civil service, teaching, social care, social research, the police, prison and probation services.

Specialist modules in years 2 and 3 will help you tailor the course towards your career goals with topics including cybercrime, drinking cultures, health, violence, feminism, and sport.


We’ll assess you using a combination of exams, essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, project work and personal portfolio production, as well as your final-year Major Project.

  • Sociology in Action
  • Global Sociology
  • Contemporary Inequalities
  • Media, Society and Crime
  • Making A Difference
  • Social Theory
  • Mobilities and Migration
  • Sociology of Education
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Cybercrime and Policing
  • Intoxicants and Intoxication
  • Globalisation and Security
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Health Inequalities
  • Violence: Theories and Causes of Crime
  • Violence: Realities and Impact of Crime
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Race, Racism and Cultural Identity
  • Nature and Society

Optional modules

  • Feminist Debates and Activism
  • Sexuality and Social Control
  • Politics and Social Media
  • Sport, Globalisation and International politics
  • Youth, Crime and Aggression
  • Concepts of Good and Evil