London South Bank University

Course Introduction

In keeping with our applied approach to social and policy studies this Department has a strong voluntary work placement scheme. Our students have found their voluntary work experiences to be highly valuable. Through them they contribute to real world situations linked to their subject of interest. In many cases such involvement has enabled students to maintain a relationship with the organisation, by becoming a topic for their dissertation or a continued working relationship. Placements ground a student's experience, provide confidence and immeasurably bolster a CV.

Course Modules

Year 1: revolutions, wars and social change; issues in contemporary sociology; sociological imagination; politics, decision'making and democracy; researching social life; social and political problems. Year 2: social research skills 1; gender, difference and equality; making identities; social research skills 2; social theory and modernity. Plus one optional module from: globalisation and development: Africa and the BRIC economies; youth, crime and delinquency; the environment, sustainability and politics. Year 3: innovation: post'modernity and social change; hierarchies of power: race, class and sexuality; dissertation or work'placement (double module); politics and protest. Plus one optional module from: genocide in the twentieth century; work placement; women, power, politics; equality, social justice and social policy; work placement; project or work placement dissertation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104-112
  • International Baccalaureate 24
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

Key Course Information

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55% Go on to work and/or study

In work 45
Studying 5
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 30
Unknown 15

21% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 26%

Total Coursework: 68%

Total Practical: 7%

£4,480 - £5,226
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,940 - £6,396
Typical cost of private accommodation