Sociology A level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*
Students who wish to study sociology should be open-minded and inquisitive about how society functions. Sociology requires students to be well organised and committed to the subject, to work independently but also to be able to take part in discussions on a variety of issues using evidence and research to support their argument. You should enjoy working effectively in a group situation as well as independently. You should also be prepared to discuss theories and opinions from different viewpoints. A strong interest in current affairs (e.g. reading the BBC website regularly) is also useful.
Sociology is the study of human life, groups and social life – from the man on the street to global events. You will take part in active research to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of the subjects covered. Specific topics covered include the family, education, consumer culture, crime and deviance and informal social control. You will address questions such as: "What is the best way to investigate football hooliganism?", "Is there an 'ideal' type of family?", and "What are the major social influences on our lives?" As well as these areas of knowledge, you will also develop essential research skills, such as how to analyse data and how to conduct structured and unstructured interviews.
At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths and any GCSE Humanities grade 4 (grade C) or BTEC Health and Social Care Merit grade.
You will be assessed through written examinations throughout the year that will show your progress.
Sociology can eventually lead to careers in; the Criminal Justice System, including the Police, Social Services, Care work, Teaching, Research, Local and Central Government, Community or Charity work, Fundraising, Development work or Counselling. As well as many other careers such as Journalism or Management.
Sociology is a subject that is of great value regardless of your future aims. It provides many general skills that are sought after by universities and employers alike, but it is particularly well suited to "people-centred" employment, such as Personnel Management, Media/Journalism, Tourism/Leisure, Teaching, Social Work or the Legal Professions/Police. A qualification in Sociology will enable you to continue with a degree in the subject, but it can also prepare you for a number of other university or college courses ,including Politics, Communication and Culture or other Social Sciences.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.