Sociology is a fascinating subject providing a critical understanding of all aspects of society and social life. Our flexible Single Honours programme gives you the opportunity to study for a BA or BSc depending on your particular interests. This BSc pathway is offered under the Q-Step programme with the purpose of developing data/statistical analysis and applied research skills amongst social sciences students. It is particularly suitable if you are interested in developing a career in the public sector, policy development or any research-based career such as journalism or social research. The programme is specially designed to help you develop an understanding of how societies, institutions and practices came into being, how they work and might change in the future. This highly relevant degree is particularly concerned with social transformation and in developing an insight into the major challenges facing contemporary society with a particular focus on crime and deviance. You’ll learn a variety of techniques used in sociological research including observation, field work, focus groups and the use of quantitative data. In addition to the core modules which will provide you with the theoretical framework and practical skills you need, you will be able to choose from a wide range of options reflecting the considerable research expertise of our academic staff. Research skills and employability In your core modules you will learn to use logical and systematic methods of analysis to reveal patterns of social action. These will include qualitative research methods such as conducting interviews, focus groups and visual analysis; learning how to design your own research projects; and obtaining an overview of the use and interpretation of quantitative data. Your degree will provide you with the insight into contemporary society, practical and transferable skills sought after by major employers and relevant to a wide range of careers in the private, public and third sectors including business, journalism, marketing, social research, teaching, retailing, human resources, overseas development, government and the Civil Service. Q-Step and applied research skills This degree programme is offered as part of the prestigious Q-Step programme which aims to equip social sciences students with the types of applied research and data analysis skills sought by employers. If you choose this degree you have the opportunity to undertake work experience with one of our industry partners and receive a work experience bursary of up to £2,000. You’ll build CV enhancing experience in research techniques, quantitative data analysis and software relevant to a variety of careers including business, social research, marketing, policy analysis.