Psychology and Sociology BSc (Hons) Southend Campus

A key feature of this course is the application of sociological and psychological theories into practical contexts. Students learn core research skills to support their understanding and application of theory. This enables graduates to be fully prepared for progression to a wide range of careers in the sector and postgraduate study.

The course covers three key interrelated social science disciplines - psychology, sociology and research methods. The programme explores topics such as mental health, social psychology, crime and deviance, culture and difference, local and global cultures, abnormal psychology, health psychology and the sociology of health and illness.

The disciplines are run concurrently throughout the three years, from foundation level to application, and each carries equal weighting.

Why should I do this course? 
  • the course provides students with the understanding of how the individual behaves and is motivated, whilst developing the sociological understanding of how society is structured and operates
  • the team is delivered by specialists with employment history in each of the core domains
  • students progress to excellent graduate destinations
What's covered? 

Field trips

There are several field trips as part of the programme including:

  • Science Museum - mental health exhibition
  • Anna Freud Centre - at the forefront of research in child psychoanalysis
  • Museum of Immigration and Diversity
  • plays in London with a psychological angle

Contact hours

13 hours per week, comprising:

  • four x three hour lectures
  • one hour tutorial

The contact hours include a combination of taught and practical sessions, in addition to workshops and debates.

Employability days

As part of the programme we devote valuable time to boosting your chances of securing the career you deserve, including:

  • British Sign Language training
  • visual impairment awareness training
  • CV writing and interview techniques
How will my work be assessed? 

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including essays, reports, research projects, reflective journals, seminars responding to pre-set reading, timed Assessments and examinations. The first year of study is a qualifying year and does not count towards the final degree classification.

What can I do after this? 

You can undertake a conversion award which will provide an opportunity to become eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of The British Psychological Society. By gaining the GBC, you will be eligible to apply for a place on a society-accredited postgraduate training programme and, in time, progress to gaining Chartered Membership (CPsychol) of the Society. There are currently 65 institutions that offer the conversion course, including the University of Essex.

Additional further study options include:

  • MSc Sociology
  • MA Social Work
  • MSc Social Research Methods
  • MSc Social Policy

You could also progress to a PGCE teaching qualification.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have taken up careers including:

  • working within mental health services in a hospital
  • a case-worker in a women’s refuge
  • a manager for a housing charity
  • a family conferencing case-worker
  • a Connexions adviser
  • a disability rights consultant
  • a mental health worker
  • clinical psychologist

In addition, many graduates have taken up teaching careers in the primary, secondary and post-compulsory sectors, while others have gone on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Year one

In this first year of the programme you will be introduced to the four main subject strands:


Introduction to sociology:

Introduction to psychology:

Social research methods:

Introduction to critical thinking:

Developing the effective learner:

As part of the first year you will develop various skills and experiences related to the three main strands, synthesising them with basic competencies, language and concepts. You will also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to assimilate and engage with the culture of higher education.

Areas of study: Include the history of psychology and sociology and critical thinking, as well as methods and analyses for social research.

Year 2

You will develop the ability to apply basic competencies, language and concepts of the programme and address the subject areas in more depth. There will be an increased emphasis on independent research and the application of the analytical skills acquired in the previous year, together with the development of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Social psychology:

Research methods:

Culture and difference:

Critical thought:

Social structures and social inequalities:

Areas of study: Include the history and the application of social psychology, application of own research to a proposal in prepartion for year 3 dissertation, cross-cultural factors in society incluidng race gender, enthicity and sexuality

Year 3

Whilst studying a range of specialist modules across the various disciplinary strands, the main thrust of the final year is your dissertation, a substantial piece of academic writing. Preparation for this module has several component parts culminating in the production of your own research project.



Abnormal psychology*:

Local and global cultures*:

Crime and deviance*:

Contemporary issues in society:

Investigative psychology*:

Sociology of health and illness*:

Areas of study: Independent research opportunities within the dissertartion module, crime and deviance or the sociology of health and illness, cultural politics, local and global culture.

*Please note that year 3 offers an opportunity to study optional units that may change as required.

Entry requirements 

You will need a minimum of 160 UCAS points from one or more of the following:

  • at least two A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate [QCF]
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma [NQF]
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Progression Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grade C (old specification) or Grade 4 (new specification) or above OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills.

To find out how many points your qualifications are awarded, view the UCAS Tariff tables.

Candidates without formal qualifications may apply and will need to demonstrate the ability to study at a higher level through interview, the submission of an exceptional entry portfolio and/or a written assessment.

Exceptional Entry

Applications from mature students who do not possess the entry requirements as listed above, but who possess related professional experience or professional qualifications, are welcome to apply. You will need to demonstrate by interview, exceptional entry portfolio (this is likely to include evidence of paid or unpaid work experience) and/or written assessment that you are suitable for the course. In the first instance we suggest you contact to discuss your application.

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Saturday, 10 October 2015
Saturday, 05 December 2015
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Saturday, 08 October 2016
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Saturday, 03 December 2016
Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Forum

As a higher education student at South Essex College you will get exclusive access to The Forum Southend-on-Sea, a £27 million ultra-modern library and learning zone located opposite our Southend Campus.

Therefore we are holding our higher education open events at The Forum so that you can see for yourself the fantastic new building and learning facilities you will have access to if you choose to study with us.

Southend Campus (Luker Road)
Monday, September 19, 2016
Full time
3 years
Higher Education
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Southend Campus (Luker Road)
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Hello my name is Marc Baker, I am 25 and this is my story.

I started at South Essex College in 2007 on a Level 2 Art & Design course which led to a Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design. I knew that doing graphic design would allow me to develop and progress as a student, and was the natural choice to pursue my chosen career. I then did a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design.

I enjoyed my time at South Essex College and it was probably the best time of my life so far. I met some really great people and built and developed great relationships with my tutors whom I keep in touch with to this day. It was a fantastic time and I would recommend it to anyone else. I think the skills I developed at the College really helped me and benefitted what I wanted to do in the workplace. I always had the time that I needed with tutors, one-on-one and resources were always made available to me. Since I left the College an opportunity came up at Essex Web Creative. I am in charge as the creative graphic designer of the team. It was a great pleasure to come to this company because I can provide something that they need and produce fantastic work and beautiful art work. It is great to be able to help other businesses with their creative process.

I would always recommend South Essex College. It has a professional atmosphere,  but it is also a very friendly atmosphere which from my experience helps. At South Essex College you get the best of both worlds and when needed there is always a tutor to help you.

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My name is Danielle Martinali and I live in Shoebury. I am 22, studying Fashion Design BA (Hons) at South Essex College and this is my story.

I began at South Essex College straight from school and have always studied fashion design. I chose the College because it is close to home. Being at South Essex College has taught me many skills to use in the future. From pattern cutting to draping to Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, how to research and find the right fabrics for designs and how to design correctly, using a range of new different software (Gerber). I learnt how to use machinery correctly and how to sew to a high quality standard. These are things I will always have and remember for many years ahead.

Best of all is being able to have a one-to-one relationship with the staff. I built up good relationships and felt comfortable with them all. We now have a really strong bond. I hope we will always stay in contact and I don't think I could have got through the years without them and their support.

Hopefully I will graduate with a first class Honours degree. During my degree I did all things ‘fashion’ to get myself noticed and my graduate exhibition will be held at FreeRange in Brick Lane, London. I have successfully landed a job at a company called Australia Luxe Collective in London as an assistant designer having applied online through the Creative Arts. A week after I graduate I will start work on developing a new women’s outerwear clothing line to compliment the existing footwear ranges. I will be responsible for research, design and pattern cutting for first samples amongst other things (

Because I built up such good relationships with my tutors I now feel confident about my future and I think that doing further and higher education gets you in more doors and to enables you to proceed to a better life for yourself. I would recommend South Essex College because you get a lot of one-to-one tuition which isn’t available at most universities as they are overfilled. I am proud that I have managed to get myself into the industry and my ambition is to finally have my own brand designing outerwear.

At South Essex College I gained a lot of confidence and the ambition to push myself to be the best I can be.

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