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Sociology A level at City of Wolverhampton College

Course description

During this course you will study:

  • Education with methods in context (AS)
  • Families and households and research methods (AS)
  • Education with theory and methods (A2)
  • Crime and deviance with theory and methods (A2)
  • Families and Households (A2) 
  • Beliefs in Society (A2)

Course content

It is only yesterday that mankind was living in the caves, and the day before when we were swinging from branch to branch with the other creatures. Yet, in what is really the blink of an eye, we have developed into a complex society with a wide number of problems and opportunities to live with. It’s those factors which affect how our species, and the tribes and family groups within it, works on a day to day basis. Over a two year period you’ll cover a spectrum of topics which, between them, will help you make sense of the society we live in and understand the culture and identity issues which affect us all.

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power. More than once during the course you’re bound to ask yourself the question, “why have we developed like this. Poverty, ignorance, crime, injustice ... shouldn’t we have left them in the Stone Age?”

If this sounds interesting to you, then you’ll love Sociology!

We have a 100% A2 success rate on this course and in 2012-2013 81% of students left with an A*, A or B. The course has excellent feedback and has a dedicated and enthusiastic team to support learners. Most of our students progress on to university, with some going on to study Sociology at the University of Wolverhampton, Law at the University of Wolverhampton, Vetinary Science at the University of Middlesex and Marketing at Birmingham City University. In fact many of our students have become teachers, journalists, nurses and lawyers!

While you are on this course you will have the opportunity to visit the UCAS conference in Manchester or Liverpool, The University of Wolverhampton, the ‘Behind Bars’ conference – a conference with ex-convicts.

Entry requirements

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Five or more GCSEs at Grade C including English and maths and to meet the required ALIS score

Assessment

You will assessed through two written papers in year one and three in year two.

Future opportunities

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

Pursue a career in social work, psychology, nursing or medicine. The subject is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law, teaching and the caring services!

 

Progress on to Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016
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    • The Paget Road campus, in Compton to the west of Wolverhampton, provides courses in art and design, business and management, computing and IT, education and teaching, engineering, English, health and social care, journalism, maths, media, motor vehicle, music technology, performing arts, photography and science.

      Also on offer at the site are Pathways programmes for people without any formal qualifications, ESOL courses for speakers of other languages, and short courses for job seekers.

      The campus is also home to CitySixth – the college's dedicated sixth form centre offering A Levels in a range of subjects - and a Higher Education Centre which offers HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees, and also boasts an Engineering Learning Zone also equipped with industry-standard equipment, modern motor vehicle workshops, new performing and recording studios, and well equipped science labs.

      The site has a Student Hub, Study Hub, cafeteria and large free student car park and is on major bus routes.