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Entry requirements

As we are one of the top departments in the country our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places. There are two routes of entry into the Department; conventional entry through UCAS applications, and the mature student entry.

Conventional entry route

Entry requirements are as follows:

Course Entry requirements Online Prospectus
BA Sociology 3 A levels at grades BBB Other acceptable qualifications
BA Sociology with Social Policy 3 A levels at grades BBB Other acceptable qualifications
BA Sociology with Criminology 3 A levels at grades BBB Other acceptable qualifications
BA Digital Media and Society 3 A levels at grades ABB Other acceptable qualifications
BA English Language and Sociology 3 A levels at grades ABB Other acceptable qualifications
BA History and Sociology 3 A levels at grades AAB (Grade A in History) Other acceptable qualifications
BA Politics and Sociology 3 A levels at grades ABB Other acceptable qualifications
BA Sociology and Business Management 3 A levels at grades AAB (B in GCSE Maths) Other acceptable qualifications

Alternative routes

Are you passionate about sociology or social policy, but are:

  • Interested in studying part-time?
  • Not ready to enter University directly?

Find out more about alternative routes to a degree in a Sociological Studies-based subject.

Access entry route

60 Credits overall with 45 at level 3 (30 at Merit or above and 15 at Distinction)

Mature student entry route

Applications from mature candidates are encouraged and we try to tailor our admissions procedures to meet the individual circumstances of each applicant. Due to the nature of our discipline approximately on third of all students admitted to the Department are over 21. We ensure we always keep a quota of places available for mature students.

For more information on mature students, please see the following University web pages:

Information for mature students

"Being accepted into Sheffield University was one of the most rewarding ventures of my life. This opened up a great deal of opportunity in my future career but also the student life experience as a mature student was one I am please to say I did not miss out on. I had two small children to raise as a single parent and a home to run so my time was very organised and planned around these responsibilities but even so the people I met and the support from my tutors helped me progress and develop into a positive person. I would always advise mature students to go back into studying as the achievements far out weigh the disappointments."

Shirley Reece-Johnson, BA Sociology

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