St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

A degree in Sociology offers a fascinating approach to the study of our contemporary world. With its roots in the rise of modern industrial society, sociology is well placed to explore and understand the personal and public issues of the 21st Century. Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life. It has been taught in British universities since the very beginning of the twentieth century. Today it continues to be a popular subject. Many ideas, such as 'moral panic', 'globalisation', 'networks' and 'charisma', are originally sociological but are now in everyday use. The questions sociology asks have lost none of their challenge and excitement. Some of them are so important that we are still grappling with them in new ways. You will be studying at one of the UK's best institutions for sport and sport science. You will learn how sciences such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology can be employed to make sports performers the best they can be. The teaching on this programme is excellent and tutors will help you to achieve your potential. St Mary's has a long tradition of excellence in sport'related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), and enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and UK Athletics, both based on campus. Many elite sports performers choose to study Sport Science at St Mary's and we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education. We also enjoy excellent laboratories and sports facilities.

Course Modules

Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society. Sport Science Level 1: Kinesiology; exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; sport and society. Level 2: Students are required to probe more deeply into relevant theory and practice to understand the context of sport science and to develop skills of investigating and reporting; at this stage students can choose to study sport science as a single honours, major, minor or equal subject; the key disciplines: biomechanics; physiology and psychology are offered, as well as opportunities to study modules in such areas as notational analysis and sport sociology. Level 3: Students have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project, there are also a variety of modules including: applied exercise physiology; biomechanics; environmental physiology; exercise psychology; issues in sport; performance analysis; nutrition and the athlete; sport and the media; sporting lives; sport psychology; work placement.

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

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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