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Sociology AS & A Level at Farnborough College of Technology

Course description

As a sociology student, you will understand how social systems like the family and education shape the world we live in. This fascinating course asks you to debate different theories of society and consider how problems such as crime might be linked to wider social contexts such as inequality and power.

Are you interested in people and their behaviour? If the answer is 'Yes', then Sociology could be the right course for you. Sociology is the study of society and of people in groups in society. Sociology asks lots of questions about the relationships between groups of people within society and explores issues of power, roles, labelling, crime and inequality. These structures and relationships are often complex and invisible to the naked eye but nevertheless exist and affect us.

Sociology is a recognized and highly regarded qualification by many employers and universities and gives a good foundation into many careers and HE course options.

Course content

AS Subject Content

Compulsory content:

  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Research Methods

Optional content:

  • Topics in Sociology Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Health
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare

A Level Subject Content

Compulsory content:

Education with Theory and Methods

  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Theory and Methods

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods

Optional content:

Topics in Sociology

Option 1

  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Health
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare

Option 2

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Global Development
  • The Media
  • Stratification and Differentiation

Entry requirements

GCSEs grade A*-C, including English Language. References will be required.

Assessment

Assessed through two, 1.5 hour written exams with short questions and essays. 

Financial information

Webb, R., Trobe, K., Westergaard, H, Steele,L. (2009) AS Sociology.

Future opportunities

Sociology will appeal to students who are interested in understanding the influence of social groups in human behaviour. It is, essentially, the study of society and, as this implies, it encompasses a very wide range of topics and subject areas.

Sociology A Level is a well respected, recognised academic qualification which serves as a perfect foundation for many professions that involve working with people and having an understanding of the relationship between society and human behaviour. Professions in the fields of nursing, psychology, teaching, journalism, law, police force as well as many Higher Education institutions recommend that students have studied Sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Farnborough College of Technology directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

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