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Sociology A Level at Reading College

Course description

You will study a variety of sociological theories, studies and concepts, and learn how to evaluate these in a critical manner. The focus will tend to be on British society but comparisons will be made with other countries. Your study will involve a combination of practical exercises and theory.

This course can be studied as part of the Communication or Social Science Pathway.

Course content

You will learn how to analyse the society in which we live. You will examine sociological theories, studies and concepts and learn how to evaluate them. 

Your study will include the following: 

  • Unit 1: families and households
  • Unit 2: education and sociological methods
  • Unit 3: beliefs in society 
  • Unit 4: crime and deviance linked to theory and methods.

Your Sociology AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. 


There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

Entry requirements

Six GCSE grades A* to C including English Language. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.

Assessment

You will learn in groups and there will be ongoing timed assessments. There is no formal coursework assessment on this course.

Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

Future opportunities

Sociology could lead to a variety of jobs or university courses and is a good general qualification which is very well regarded by universities and employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

       
      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.