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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

This one year part-time Certificate course offers an introductory to the concepts, theories and methods of Sociology. The course is made up of three, equally weighted, units and leads to the award of a named Undergraduate Certificate, a nationally recognised qualification which is equivalent to 60 credits at FHEQ level 4.

We offer a range of tuition fee bursaries to promote access to and participation in continuing education.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


The Certificate in Sociology is delivered online through a series of pre-recorded sessions and synchronous or ‘live’ teaching sessions delivered using a specific video platform e.g., Zoom. There are three online units each including four teaching blocks and these blocks are typically comprised of four 60–70-minute, pre-recorded sessions. The content delivered in pre-recorded sessions is specifically designed to support students’ learning on the Certificate in Sociology (e.g., in preparing formative and summative assignments). In addition, each unit contains 12 hours of synchronous teaching. 

Students will also use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for each block’s dedicated discussion and forum activities which are designed to: guide reading; introduce relevant contextual and critical resources; and promote peer learning and a community of practice. There are also three synchronous or ‘live’ teaching sessions provided in each unit, an introduction, a mid-point and an end-point open session, where students can discuss content, readings and assignments. Synchronous sessions will be recorded and made available on the VLE for students unable to attend the live event. Students are expected to engage fully in online learning opportunities provided on the VLE.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. Your learning will be enhanced by:

  • engaging with scheduled teaching sessions; 
  • participating in class activities and discussion;
  • undertaking reading and assignments set by the tutor;
  • accessing resources and submitting assignments through the VLE.

Course Timeline

  • Course (Unit 1) Start Date: Friday 6 October 2023
  • Unit 1 end date: Wednesday 3 January 2024
  • Unit 2 start date: Week commencing 1 January 2024
  • Unit 2 end date: Wednesday 20 March 2024
  • Unit 3 start date: Week commencing 1 April 2024
  • Unit 3 end date: Friday 14 June 2024


During the course you will submit a series of assignments totalling 9-12,000 words or their equivalent, further details of which are given in the course guide.

In addition to attending the scheduled teaching sessions and submitting assignments you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification?

The Certificate is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

06 Oct 2023 to 14 Jun 2024

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

04 Sep 2023

Course fee


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Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

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