Sociology and Economics BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeLL13
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

It is possible to study Economics as a joint honours degree with Sociology (50% Economics, 50% Sociology).

A degree that includes Economics will appeal to anyone who wishes to study economic issues at local, national and international levels, while developing practical skills in business, finance and management which will subsequently be attractive to employers in both the private and public sectors. Economics has been defined as the study of human choice, and the impact of choice on the production, distribution and consumption of scarce resources. Microeconomics deals with choice at the individual level, and macroeconomics analyses the economy as a whole. An Economics degree includes a core microeconomics and macroeconomics component, and a specialism focusing on the economic context of business decision making. You will develop an awareness of applications of economics in areas including business management, finance and public policy.

Sociology, and this course, investigates social life and the way it shapes people's behaviour, beliefs and identity. Its subject matter ranges from examination of the face-to-face interactions of daily life to large-scale social institutions, social movements and global processes. By understanding the social world, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our own social situations.

Sociology may also be studied through the medium of Welsh in the course BA Cymdeithaseg a Pholisi Cymdeithasol.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • You will study within a multidisciplinary School that employs specialists across a broad range of business subjects, including accounting, banking, finance, economics, management, marketing and entrepreneurship.
  • Our students take part in national competitions such as the IBM Business Challenge, where the Bangor team was recently awarded 3rd prize in the semi-final.
  • We arrange a varied programme of guest lectures eg Chief Executive of Norwich City Football Club, Chief Operating Officer of No 10 & 11 Downing Street, Head of IT security at HSBC.
  • We place emphasis on friendly and informal relationships between students and staff.
  • Our staff are active researchers in their subject areas and we have an international academic reputation.
  • We have excellent computing facilities and you will have the chance to develop your skills in data analysis and report preparation.
  • Bangor offers an attractive range of postgraduate degrees (MA and MSc) in business and finance subjects, if you wish to study for an extra year after completion of your accounting and finance degree degree.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend up to 15 hours per week in lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is a mixture of continuous assessment and written examinations. You will complete assignments such as collecting and analysing information from commercial databases or the internet, preparing business case studies, writing essays and completing problem-solving exercises.

Lecturers in the Business School are highly qualified. They always give great lectures and try to discuss issues with students even after the lectures.

Minh Anh Nguyen
BSc Banking and Finance

What will you study on this course?

Please see the modules current students are studying on this course below

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Sociology and Economics Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Many graduates from Bangor Business School pursue careers in areas such as accountancy, banking, investment, insurance, risk management, marketing, human resource management and retail management.

The study of sociology provides a sound foundation for a wide range of careers in the media, administration, personnel, teaching, and community and social work.

The University offers great opportunities to develop skills through the Bangor Career and Employability office. I got involved in: Flux, Enterprise by Design and the University Business Challenge.

Benjamin Simmonds
Financial Economics

Employability and the Bangor Business School

As a multidisciplinary School spanning everything from Accounting and Finance to Business and Management, Bangor Business School offers a variety of programmes to meet any career aspiration. If you are undecided on your career path, the flexibility of our programmes enables you to try out different modules and subject areas to work out what appeals to your personal tastes and ambitions.

Extensive links with industry

Our staff have extensive links with industry, being at the top of their fields for research, widely published in books and leading journals and even conducting high level consultancy work for leading organisations such as the World Bank and the UK Treasury. This means that no matter what you go on to after graduating, you will leave Bangor with a degree that is current, relevant and in sync with the latest developments in the business and financial industries.

Graduate destinations

Percentage of graduates in employment, further study or due to start work six months after graduating:

  • Undergraduates: 94.5%
  • Postgraduates: 85.6%

This breaks down as follows:

 

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Full-time work

33.9%

65.4%

Part-time work

4.7%

3.8%

Primarily working and also studying

5.5%

4.8%

Primarily studying and also working

4.7%

1.0%

Full-time study

43.3%

1.9%

Part-time study

0.8%

5.8%

Due to start work

1.6%

2.9%

Unemployed

3.9%

-

Other

1.6%

14.4%

Total

100.0%

100%

Data compiled by the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2013/14)

Employers

Examples of the employment found by some of our recent graduates include:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Executive Support Co-ordinator
The Co-Operative

Banker
Bank of Valletta (Malta)

Trainee Accountant
Chantrey Vellacott

Management Consultant
EY (USA)

Trainee Accountant
Hill & Roberts

Senior Marketing Manager
HSBC (Malta)

Associate in Audit
PwC

Branch Manager
Piraeus Bank Greece

Marketing Executive
Celebrity Cruises

Vice President
Royal Bank of Scotland (Belgium)

Junior Account Manager
Level Marketing

Marketing Assistant
Aqua Marketing

HR Admin Assistant
Wylfa Power Station

Project Manager
Bangor University

Trainee Paraplanner
Heritage Financial Solutions

Retail Banking Trade Sector Adviser
HMRC

Procurement Officer
Anglesey County Council

Senior Manager (Portfolio Management)
Lloyds Banking Group

HM Inspector of Taxes
HMRC

Alumni Relations and Fund Raising Officer
Dar Al-Hekma University

Trainee Financial Manager
Nottinghamshire County Council

Head of Global Corporates
Barclays (South Africa)

Bangor Business Society

Working closely with academic staff, Bangor Business Society aims to facilitate learning experiences for students from all years to build on what is learnt in the classroom and to enhance their CVs. It also arranges visits to graduate fairs, which are an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with prospective employers.

Find out more about Bangor Business Society at the Serendipity Fair during Welcome Week.

Undergraduate Internship Scheme

Bangor University’s Undergraduate Internship Scheme provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain paid, graduate level work experience in the University's Academic Schools and Service Departments. The nature of the roles can vary from marketing, web design and student engagement projects, to research project support, field work or data management.

 

Employability and the School of Social Sciences

Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social science degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Graduates from the School have followed a wide range of career paths.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

There are a wide range of options open to students following graduation and these include careers in social work, the police force, the probation service, the prison service and the legal profession.

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care graduates will enter professions such as health service management, care provision, public information, research and evaluation of the health and social care services.

Social Policy

Social Policy graduates enter a wide range of occupations within the policy field including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector.

Sociology

Sociology graduates enter a wide range of occupations including management, journalism, public relations, social work, personnel,  teaching and research.

Social Work

Most newly qualified social workers will be employed in local authority social services departments. These are increasing opportunities within the independent sector. The demand for professionally qualified social workers is a very high and employment prospects are extremely good following graduation.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 112-96 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • GCSE grade C in Mathematics (or equivalent) is essential.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 112-96 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • GCSE grade C in Mathematics (or equivalent) is essential.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

School of Social Sciences, Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382085
E-mail: business@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/business

Why study at Bangor Business School?

  • We’re consistently ranked as one of the top 25 institutions in the world for research in the field of Banking (RePEc, as of July 2016).
  • We’re also ranked amongst the top 25% business schools in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014).
  • Bangor Business School is ranked within the top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the subject area of Finance (NSS 2016).
  • Our top researchers teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students are therefore taught by academic staff who are pushing back the frontiers of research and who will share in lectures their latest findings.
  • We enjoy an international reputation for research in Banking, Finance, Financial Economics and Econometrics.
  • Major text books and articles published in top academic journals have been written by our staff. See our individual staff pages for further details.
  • Our staff have conducted major project and consultancy work for a range of organisations, e.g. the World Bank, the European Commission, the UK Treasury.
  • With support funding from the European Union, local government and the Welsh Assembly Government, we opened a world-class £14 million Management Centre, which delivers high quality management and professional training for North Wales and furtherafield.
  • Our alumni have held senior positions in public and private organisations worldwide, from Deutsche Bank to No. 10 Downing Street.
  • We were the first UK university to offer an MBA in Banking and Finance.

Why study at the School of Social Sciences?

  • Students from countries worldwide attend the School of Social Sciences for undergraduate, masters and research training, creating a dynamic learning environment.
  • Our staff undertake research of national and international reputation and have written major text books and articles published in top academic journals.
  • We aim to provide a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment, supplemented by contributions from practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Undergraduate degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and breadth of choice.
  • We have a long history of high quality social work education and a long-standing, strong and effective partnership with social service agencies in North Wales.
  • Under our personal tutor scheme, a member of lecturing staff will monitor the student’s academic progress and will offer help, advice and support on an individual basis.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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