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Sociology - AS/A2 Level at Rochdale Sixth Form College

Course description


If you are interested in finding out how society works and who the winners and losers in it are, then you should consider Sociology. At a basic level, Sociology is the study of the society around us and our place in it. Sociologists are curious about the world and the way it functions.

They therefore attempt to study societies in a systematic way. They are particularly interested in the social interaction (communication) of individuals and groups; however Sociologists also consider the role of institutions and social processes (procedures) in explaining the ways in which societies function.

Whilst everyday life may appear to be random and chaotic, behind this it is possible to identify patterns of behaviour. Studying Sociology will make you more aware of the society you live in and enable you to gain a valuable insight into human social behaviour. For many students, this will be a new and exciting subject.

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Entry requirements

To study A-Levels at RSFC you must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, covering at least four different subject areas. Two of the 5 A* - C grades must include GCSE Maths and English Language. A good school reference, attendance and behaviour record are also required as is a positive college interview.

Financial information

If you are between 16 and 19 years old and think that you might struggle with the costs of full-time education you may apply for a bursary. The students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:

• Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

• Young people in care• Care leavers

• Young people in receipt of income support

Other students facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF).The DBF can support students with travel costs, equipment, books and other course-related costs.

Future opportunities

Positive Steps - See your Positive Steps Adviser in school or contact 0800 195 8528.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rochdale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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