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BA (Hons) Applied Sociology and Law

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
West Suffolk College
Institution code: 

Three years full-time.

Four to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see entry requirements below.


Combining the study of two subjects is both challenging and rewarding. Each of the subject areas has its own theoretical underpinning and academic conventions and the study of both disciplines provides a valuable opportunity to develop more versatile skills and perspectives, as well as an appreciation of interdisciplinary connections.


The study of sociology benefits from the student having an open mind because it may seek to challenge or confirm personal assumptions by using an evidence-based and systematic approach. The sociology component of the combined honours route analyses how societies shape our beliefs, behaviour and identity through selected subjects such as education, the family, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and globalisation. Sociology has strong connection with the available combinations, especially Psychology or History (social history in particular) or Law. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers such as social work, education, the criminal justice system, local government and community development.


Law examines how various aspects of the law are shaped and how the legal system affects different groups in society. This course encourages critical debate about the role of the law in a range of social and professional contexts and these debates may be enriched by aspects of other disciplines combined with legal studies; e.g. Business Management or History or Sociology.   What is often now referred to as para-legal practice is now developing its own professional niche as an important part of the legal profession.  Legal assistants do many of the jobs lawyers do, except practice law. Some of the interesting areas that have grown in importance during the last decade include advocacy, advice, community justice, crime prevention, dispute resolution and mediation, employment law and aspects of property law.  Graduates of this programme are well prepared for potential careers in these areas. 

Course modules

Introduction to Applied Sociology (Requisite)
Contemporary Social Inequalities (Requisite)
Making Sense of Modernity (Requisite)
The English Legal System (Requisite)
Contractual and Tortious Liability (Requisite)
Land Law and Conveyancing (Requisite)
Dissertation/Project Preparation (Mandatory)
Qualitative Methodology for Social Science (Mandatory)
Theorising Social Life (Optional)
Understanding Crime (Optional)
Law of Wills and Succession (Optional)
Client Care and Practice (Optional)
Family Law (Optional)
Undergraduate Dissertation/Project (Mandatory)
The Sociology of Work and the Professions (Optional)
The Sociology of Health and Illness (Optional)
European Union Law (Optional)
Professional Legal Development (Optional)
Commercial Law (Optional)

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 
Additional Course Costs

Year One - £100 for books and £70 for a trip to London 

Year Two - £100 for books and £30 for two trips 

Year Three - £100 for books

University of Suffolk covers the costs for:

  • Examination fees
  • Printing - students will be credited with the equivalent of £10 printing/copying at the start of each year. If required, additional printing is charged per sheet.
  • All essential reading on the module reading lists can be found in West Suffolk College library as short term loan or e-book.

Prepare for the costs of:

  • Parking (£2 per day)
  • The library resources are wide ranging but should you need an inter-library loan there may be a charge please check this here Library Resources
  • Visual aids to support presentations £10


Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.


Erica was appointed as a Law Lecturer for the BA Law Joint Honours Degree at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in 2015. ...

John’s first degree is in Sociology and Education from the University of York. John has a PGCE in Humanities and was a teacher in secondary schools for many years teaching history, humanities and social sciences. He has a MA in Curriculum Studies awarded by London University Insti...

Ian completed a Masters Degree in History at Cambridge University before qualifying as a Solicitor and working in private practice in Bury St Edmunds for 23 years. He then became a lecturer at Law at West Suffolk College. Ian is Route Leader for the BA (hons) Law (Combined Hon...