Bachelor of Sociology
Use your voice to empower society
What divides us? What causes inequalities? How does the media influence our lives?
Sociology is the study of human activity in societies. It’s concerned with group interactions and their consequences. It’s about questioning the social world and how it fits together.
Sociologists research human experience and offer new perspectives. They explore diverse topics—from race and gender, to religion, love and war.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Sociology challenges you to think critically, promote positive social change and empower those in need. You will:
- identify societal trends and power structures
- debate and problem-solve around social issues
- study influential thinkers throughout history
- develop high-level research and analysis skills
- investigate areas of interest such as crime prevention, social control, globalisation, cultures and subcultures.
Where could it take you?
You’ll graduate ready to make an informed and constructive difference. You might end up working as an advocate for at-risk youth. You could push to connect vulnerable groups with health and support services. Perhaps you’ll advise on human rights policy or run for government yourself.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2019 CSP ATAR||88.75|
|2019 CSP IB||32|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||70|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||24|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||<5|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||<5|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||<5|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||<5|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||<5|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||<5|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|Recent Secondary Education||Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Higher Education Study||You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET) study||You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Work and life experience||To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2019|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||<5||N/A|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
|Intake||February and July|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||75|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||26|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||18|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||20|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||7|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||70%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||4.8|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||80|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||70%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1200|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||7|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.5|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.78|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||74|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||74|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||360|
|ANU Foundation Studies||66|
|Monash Foundation Year||70|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||72|
|UNSW Foundation Year||7.0|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.7|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||59|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.2|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||74|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||65%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
Commonwealth-supported place: $7,090
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $33,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The Bachelor of Sociology is a qualification that opens up opportunities to work in policy development, project planning, legal submissions or strategic organisational management. Our graduates are sought after by government agencies both locally and nationally, the media industry, social and health research bodies, and business.
- Charitable trusts
- Community development
- Government agencies
- Media Industries
- Migrant/multi-cultural affairs
- Policy development, analysis and research
- Politics and political advisor
- Public relations officer
- Project management
- Social marketing
- Youth development
- NGOs - housing, health service providers, disability advocacy and support and youth development
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Market Researcher, Ministerial Adviser, Communications Officer, Data Analyst, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Public Servant, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Human Resource Manager, Union Representative, Web Content Manager, Welfare Officer, Workplace Consultant, Diplomat, Social Media Strategist, Community Development Officer, PR Advisor, Community Outreach Worker, Social Inclusion Officer, Workplace Relations Officer, Youth Worker ...
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of Specialisation
- International Development
- Psychology (minor only)
Example Study Plan
My time at university has been an extremely rewarding experience and has taken me out of my comfort zone. Studying a Bachelor of Sociology has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life and learn more about society as a whole. This degree has opened my eyes to all the different avenues that I could take after graduation, including journalism, social work, public relations and charity work.
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Last updated: Monday, 19 Jul 2021