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A Level Sociology at North Shropshire College - NSC

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of ethnicity and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology's purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Sociologists emphasize the careful gathering and analysis of evidence about social life to develop and enrich our understanding of key social processes, hence the methods sociologists use to investigate behaviour, actions and institutions is an integral part to the study of A’level Sociology.

This course is for you if you have a strong desire to find out about the many possible influences on society and its structure from an academic perspective. You need to have an interest in current affairs and read/listen to the news. As sociology is classed as a social science it is important that you know that it involves the knowledge and practice of some mathematical analysis of trends and patterns.

How can I prepare myself before the course begins?

Read anything to do with sociology!

Read/listen to the news every day.

Follow us on Twitter @WNSCPsychSoc.

The following websites are also useful:

 

 

 


 

Course content

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of ethnicity and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology's purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Sociologists emphasize the careful gathering and analysis of evidence about social life to develop and enrich our understanding of key social processes, hence the methods sociologists use to investigate behaviour, actions and institutions is an integral part to the study of A’level Sociology.

This course is for you if you have a strong desire to find out about the many possible influences on society and its structure from an academic perspective. You need to have an interest in current affairs and read/listen to the news. As sociology is classed as a social science it is important that you know that it involves the knowledge and practice of some mathematical analysis of trends and patterns.

How can I prepare myself before the course begins?

Read anything to do with sociology!

Read/listen to the news every day.

Follow us on Twitter @WNSCPsychSoc.

The following websites are also useful:

 

Entry requirements

You would need to have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above; this is to include a minimum of C at GCSE English language and a C in Mathematics.

Mature student entry is based on an interview.                       

You do not need prior experience of sociology to study this subject at A’level.                                                   

Successful college interview.

Financial information

Please contact our Student Finance Officer - Emma Lloyd - on 01691 688029.

Future opportunities

Along with other A’levels you could apply to university to study, for example, a degree in Sociology, combined degree or social work degree.  Sociology can be combined with a number of other subjects ranging from Criminology to Business Management.

The occupational groups in which Sociology graduates nationally first gain employment, based on recent data are: management & administration, associate professional & technical occupations, personal services, sales, professional occupations, clerical & secretarial.

 

Further information

For further information on this course please contact our Oswestry Campus direct on 01691 688000.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Shropshire College - NSC directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2014
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