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Sociology A level at Burnley College

Course description

During the course we study key sociological theories, perspectives and methods, paying specific attention to the design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations.

Running throughout the course are the key themes of Socialisation, Culture and Identity, Social Differentiation and Power and Stratification. We particularly focus on contemporary UK society, understanding the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.

In addition, students will also look at beliefs in society and the role which religion and beliefs take, analysing the extent to which religion still plays a part in contemporary society.
Sociology is a subject that requires students to develop a critical view of the society around them, questioning assumptions taken for granted and applying theoretical analysis to back up arguments.

Entry requirements

To take four AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three or four A Levels in Year 2): At least six GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. To take three AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three A Levels in Year 2): At least five GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Entry criteria for all qualifications are subject to a reference from your previous school or place of study.

Future opportunities

Sociology is an ideal subject for those who wish to pursue careers or university study in areas such as Social Work, Probation, the Police and Health Care. It is also useful for careers in areas such as Human Resources, Journalism, Law, Media, Teaching, Marketing and Public Relations.

Further information

Recognised as best practice by Ofsted, our ALZs promote independent learning through cutting-edge technology combined with traditional books and journals and online learning resources. Students have access to high specification PCs with the latest Microsoft applications and multimedia and innovative technologies including iPads, Kindles and portable consoles. Each of the 8 ALZs provides the most up to date and relevant equipment for the subjects they serve.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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