Psychology and Sociology BSc (Hons) Southend Campus

Graduates from our Psychology and Sociology degree can forge careers in anything from teaching to social work, probation work, mental health, social research, human resources, community work, family conferencing, drama therapy, events management, local government, the civil service and women’s aid.

The course covers a range of interrelated social science disciplines including psychology, sociology and research methods, and 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 course is divided into three main strands:

  • psychology
  • sociology
  • social research methods

The disciplines are run concurrently throughout the three years and each carries equal weighting in the programme for individuals wish to continue with this course beyond the first year.

Why should I do this course? 

As this course covers a broad range of subjects, graduates have the opportunity to proceed into an unlimited number of careers in this area. This course is ideal for graduates who wish to progress onto careers in areas such as social research, teaching the civil service, NHS trusts, charitable/voluntary organisations, the police, or marketing agencies.

What's covered? 

Year 1

  • the history, development and present state of sociology
  • psychology
  • methods and analyses for social research

Year 2

  • social structures and structured inequalities
  • culture and difference
  • critical thought
  • social psychology
  • social research methods
  • work placement of approximately 80-100 hours

Year 3

  • current issues in social studies
  • crime and deviance or the sociology of health and illness
  • local and global culture
  • research dissertation
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? 

Always in high demand by employers, our graduates have taken up careers ranging from 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, and a 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 1: In this first year of the programme you will be introduced to the four main subject strands:

  • introduction to sociology
  • introduction 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.

  • dissertation
  • abnormal psycology*
  • 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.

Low-cost higher education

Our fees are well below the national average and are among the lowest in the region, so studying with us is great value for money!

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Entry requirements 

For Bsc (Hons) you will need 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]
  • International Baccalaureate
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Progression Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • you will also need English and maths GCSE at grade C or above OR Level 2 equivalent (such as functional skills/learndirect)

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.

Full-time courses

Applications for full-time courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), quoting institution code S43 and the UCAS code for your chosen course.

Part-time courses (incl. short full-time)

Applications for all part-time Honours Degree, Foundation Degree, PGCE, CertEd, Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education courses at South Essex College should be made directly to the College using the online application form or by completing a paper application form and mailing it to our freepost address:

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Luker Road
Southend on Sea

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Monday, September 14, 2015
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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.

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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.

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Sam Ross

Hello my name is Sam Ross, I am 21, I studied Fashion Promotion at South Essex College from 2010-2012 and this is my story.

I left South Essex College with a distinction star.

South Essex College gave me the level of knowledge and experience to set a foundation for my chosen career path. My studies at the College allowed me to get into Central Saint Martins and has changed my life beyond imagination. My qualification has given me access to the top end of the fashion world. Over the last couple of years I have been offered the chance to acquire a wide range of skills and have had the chance to work with world-renown names in fashion. I am currently on a year out from Central Saint Martins and I am working for Mario Testino.

Mario Testino OBE is a Peruvian fashion photographer. His work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. In 1997 he was chosen by Princess Diana to photograph her for Vanity Fair.

I am based in London and assist with the day-to-day running of the company. I am also in the process of building an online brand of clothing. I will return to complete my dissertation at Central Saint Martins later this year.

South Essex College was the start of this journey and I would say that it is what you put in really that matters. Passion and commitment are the things you need.

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