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Sociology GCE A Level Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Society is all around us. It’s what we live and breathe every day, so why do some people view it so differently from others? That’s what this A-Level Sociology course aims to find out. If you’ve ever watched or read the news and questioned why someone does what they do, then you’ll love this course. We’ll explore what a society is, and find out why it works, or even, if it does actually work! You might agree with those who think it doesn’t work effectively. You’ll learn about all the different ways of looking at the world, including functionalism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism, and delve into how these affect complex issues like gender, class, ethnicity and age. As you look at different kinds of sociological research and studies, you’ll attempt to answer questions like why some people push into the queue and others don’t, why those who have been to private schools tend to rule our society, and why some people become criminals and even terrorists. If you enjoy current affairs and like to debate and question the way things are, you’ll be fascinated by topics in this course such as religious sects, family diversity, domestic violence and deviant attitudes.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be interested in the world around you, as well as regularly following the news and keeping up with current affairs on social media if you’d like to enrol on this A-Level Sociology course. You should also have at least 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including both Maths and English. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


Assessments for this A-Level course are based completely on the exams that you’ll sit at the end of the year. These will include writing essays and answering short questions.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

This Sociology A-Level will open up a number of paths for you to take your future career, with the logical next steps to study a related degree at The Manchester College or another university. You may want to focus on a BSc (Hons) in Health Care Studies, or go down the route of a BA (Hons) in Criminology. Wherever your passions lie, the choice is yours, and you’ll find a number of career opportunities relating to sociology in each field or sector. These range from work as a teacher, police office or social worker, to jobs in politics, journalism and nursing!

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: 05 December 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.