Bachelor of Sociology

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334011
CRICOS 096480G

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334011
    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
    ATAR
    (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
    Selection Rank
    (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
    Selection Criteria
    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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334011

    Student Profile
    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)
    <5 N/A
    (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)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 8 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 096480G
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    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%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    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 Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    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
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $7,090

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Many organisations and businesses employ sociologists to evaluate programs, diagnose problems and design solutions to influence outcomes on a range of issues that impact on society and humanity.

    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.

    Careers include:

    • Advocacy
    • Charitable trusts
    • Communications
    • 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.

    Potential careers

    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

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Students can take a major or minor in:
    • International Development
    • Management
    • Politics
    • Psychology (minor only)

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 SOCI 1003
    Introduction to
    Sociology
    GEOG 1005
    Social Science
    Techniques I
    Elective
    Level I
    Elective
    Level I
    SOCI 1004
    Social Problems
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    Elective
    Level I
    Elective
    Level I
    Year 2 SOCI 2009
    Sociological Theory
    in Action
    Sociology Closed
    Elective Level II
    Elective
    Level II
    Elective
    Level II
    SOCI 2015
    Numbers as Evidence
    in Sociology
    GEOG 2129
    Introductory Geographic
    Information
    Systems (GIS)
    Elective
    Level II
    Elective
    Level II
    Year 3 Sociology Closed
    Elective Level III
    Sociology Closed
    Elective Level III
    Elective
    Level III
    Elective
    Level III
    SOCI 3013
    Lies and Statistics
    6 units
    Elective
    Level III
    Elective
    Level III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019