Psychology and Sociology

BA (Hons)

Study level
Undergraduate
Duration
3-9 years
Award
Degree
Study location
Online
BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Course Overview

Designed to explore and study human behaviours at different levels, this psychology and sociology degree gives you the opportunity to build a solid foundation of skills in two fascinating social sciences. On this course, you’ll learn everything you need to demonstrate to employers that you’ve got what it takes to excel in any career you choose. 

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. To get started, all you need is the desire to learn and the drive to try your best. Ready to get started? 

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This course gives you the fundamentals of two different 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 provides the opportunity for you to analyse and evaluate concepts based on scientific methods.

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.

Level 4

  • 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

Level 5

  • 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

Level 6

  • 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

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.

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
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

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.

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Before enrolling onto your criminal justice course, it’s nice to know who will be teaching you. The Psychology and Sociology team is a multi-disciplinary team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers led by Dr Gail Steptoe-Warren.  The team, bring a wealth of academic experience that enhances the student journey. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. 

We don’t expect students at undergraduate level to have a clear career path in mind before getting started. Instead, we prepare you with a range of transferable skills that employers from a wide range of organisations will value, so you’ll graduate feeling confident enough to make a decision about where your career is headed.  

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!

Your next step into the professional world

Achieving your degree will help you to accelerate your career progression. But there’s more! Beyond the core programme itself, Arden University students will receive additional support and guidance, developing your employability and CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Student Support Advisors and Academic Skills Tutors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree. 

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 
 

Got other commitments? Studying a psychology and sociology degree has never been easier. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.

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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
Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your lecturers and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.