Our Joint BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree at Newcastle provides a HLC and thought-provoking opportunity to study all aspects of education and sociology in equal proportions to Honours degree level (60 credits from each subject at each level).

On the BA Education and Sociology programme you will learn about key issues facing contemporary societies, including globalisation, the changing nature of work and the family, gender roles and multiculturalism. 


The Education Programme

On the education programme you will learn about education as a dynamic process of human, cultural, economic, and social development that is fundamental to a changing, globalised world. Education combines ideas and research from a number of pathways including psychology, sociology, philosophy and history. 


The Sociology Programme

On the sociology programme you will critically and comparatively analyse major sociological topics, such as: the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and wider social processes; the dynamics of stability and change; and the distribution of power.

The BA Education and Sociology programme includes a placement in your second year so that you can apply your knowledge to work with children and young people in a professional setting. 


International Students

The University of Newcastle has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900. We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas. 

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA (Hons) Education and Sociology

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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First Year

In your first year of study you will take a number of compulsory modules to develop your sociological and educational knowledge. 

The compulsory modules are:

  • Introduction to Social Divisions
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Young people and Social Change
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology Part 1
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology Part 2
  • Sociology of everyday life
  • Contemporary Issues in Education: learning communities in higher education
  • Contemporary Issues in Education: engaging with research

Second Year

In the second year you will extend your subject knowledge through a number of compulsory modules:

  • Modern Sociological Theory
  • Researching Childhood and Education
  • Placement

You will then choose

You need to choose 40 credits from options provided by the School of Sociology and 20 credits from options provided by the School of Education.

Optional modules include:

  • Education Policy and Social Justice
  • Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Global Societies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Changing Behaviours
  • Global Education
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
  • Ethics in Education
  • Poverty, Class Inequality

Third Year

In your final year you will further develop your knowledge and skills in Education and Sociology. As well as the compulsory modules, there are a variety of optional modules to choose from.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Contemporary Social Theory

You must also choose 60 credits from the optional modules – 40 credits from the School of Sociology and 20 credits from the School of Education. Optional moudules include:


  • Children as Citizens
  • Technology and Society
  • Sociology of Film
  • Sociology of Success and Fame
  • Political Sociology
  • Cultural Psychology & Child Development
  • Identity, Politics and Everyday Life
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Sociology of Personal Life
  • Reclaiming Education: Past, present and Futures
  • Primary and early years education theory and practice
  • Professional Development

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our award-winning Careers Network team can help you develop your career from the moment you arrive with us, through bespoke training and events. Careers Network support is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialist college team who can give you expert advice.

A University of Newcastle degree is highly sought after by employers as evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Graduates from our Joint BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree will gain comprehensive knowledge of two disciplines and will allow you to develop a range of skills and practical experience which will enable you to pursue either educational or sociological study at a higher level or to secure employment as educationalists or sociologists. Reasoning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme, and practiced in the context of two disciplines, are readily transferable to a large number of professions and other careers. 

Transferable skills include: 

  • written communication developed through writing essays; 
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time; 
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving; 
  • IT skills.