BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Psychology and Sociology

BA (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
3 years+
Location
Online
Institute of Foundation Studies

Course Overview

If you’re the kind of person who wants to examine and understand the reasons why individuals behave the way they do, then this course will help you to appreciate and explore the complex nuances of the mind and of society.

Exploring and studying human behaviours and their consequences, our psychology and sociology degree gives you the opportunity to build a solid foundation of skills in two fascinating social sciences. You’ll learn everything you need to demonstrate to employers that you’ve got what it takes to excel in a wide range of fascinating and rewarding roles. 

The modules studied on our BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology degree cover a variety of topics, from societal and psychological factors, such as government policy and globalisation, to understanding how society functions. As an undergraduate, you don’t need to have a fixed career path in mind to enrol on this course. As you study, you’ll start to form your own ideas about where you want to go in the future, and you’ll have full support from our academic team whichever career pathway you opt for.

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Course details and modules

This course gives you fundamental knowledge of two distinct disciplines, preparing you to become a well-rounded individual who can take on all manner of challenges in your professional life. As well as studying the many theories and concepts within each field, our psychology and sociology undergraduate degree gives you the opportunity to start analysing and evaluating concepts based on scientific methods – essential skills for you future professional life.

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete their psychology and sociology course within 3-6 years.

  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Key Studies in Psychology
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormality and The Deviant Other
  • Cyber Communities and Social Networks
  • Protests, Mass Movements and Rebellion
  • Research Planning and Project
  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Consumer Society and The Commodification of Beings
  • Insecurity and Precariousness in the Globalised World

*The order of modules within each level vary depending on intake and mode of study

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.
  
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility 

Our BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can evidence that you have relevant work experience where you can demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills. 

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Gail Steptoe-Warren

Arden’s psychology and social science degrees are designed to explore human behaviours across diverse areas of psychology and social science such as criminology, sociology, and criminal justice. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. Our Psychology online courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society, which means they are internationally recognised. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Gail Steptoe-Warren
Head of School, Psychology and Social Sciences

Career prospects

We don’t expect students at undergraduate level to have a set career path in mind before getting started. Instead, we prepare you with a range of universal skills that employers from a wide range of organisations will value. Whether you have a future profession in mind or not, we’re here to fully support and guide you in your future choices. 

What can a psychology and sociology degree do for me?

By studying two unique fields, you’ll learn a variety of practical and transferrable skills that will prepare you for a career in an industry you love. Studying for a psychology and sociology degree gives you the opportunity to develop into a real social scientist, with the skills needed to turn your passion into a lifelong career. These skills include: 

  • Developing your knowledge of psychological theory and sociology studies
  • Acquiring a solid grounding in psychological thinking and principles
  • Adopting a critical appreciation of sociology and psychology 
  • Developing critical abilities and analysis skills
  • Becoming an analytical social scientist who can handle both psychological and social issues of the modern world
  • Applying your knowledge and experience to real-life scenarios

What can I do after Arden University?

A psychology and sociology course will help to launch your future as a smart, forward-thinking professional, so after graduating, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which career path to go for! Some of your career options could include: 

  • Teaching
  • Counselling
  • International Aid/Development work
  • Research
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Community, Youth or Social work

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments!

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Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn. 

Fast-Track Your Career

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

To see the full terms and conditions, please visit https://arden.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions