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Sociology A level at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

A Level Sociology aims to develop a critical understanding of society by examining the most important institutions within the social structure. Sociology is a stimulating and relevant subject, offering you the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

Sociology is the study of how human society develops and changes and how people interact with one another.   

The central aim of the A Level in sociology is to examine relationships and inequalities between people and the effects of the social, economic and political influences may have on them. 

Sociology gives students an understanding of how society shapes people and how people shape society.

Course content

The first year of A Level Sociology covers families and households and then education with research methods. The second year covers beliefs in society, crime and deviance, and theory and methods.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including: English language/literature (or combined English), maths or science, and a humanities subject such as history, law or geography.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.

Assessment

This course is assessed solely by examination with exams scheduled for May/June.

Ongoing assessments in the form of short questions, essays and mock tests are taken throughout the course in order to:

  • assess each student’s progress
  • develop the student’s subject knowledge, writing skills and exam techniques.

Future opportunities

The A Level in sociology qualification acts as a good foundation for further study in the social sciences or related subjects, such as history, law, business and psychology. 

Typically, people with a sociology A Level or degree gain employment in careers that involve working with people. These could include community worker, housing officer, journalist, personnel manager, prison officer, probation officer, social worker and homelessness worker to name but a few.

Students who have completed the A Level have entered university to study social science based degrees such as applied social studies, psychology, media studies, criminology, history and English (language or literature).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vision West Nottinghamshire College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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