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Sociology, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

As a Sociology student at OSFC you’ll learn about different sociological theories and how they believe society works. These theories will try to help you understand many aspects of society such as: education, crime and deviance. Sociology is not about regurgitating facts; you will enjoy debate and create sound, evidence-based arguments after hearing a variety of different explanations for changes in our complex society. 
Sociology will suit you if you are open minded and willing to look at familiar things in different ways. It should be a good choice for you if you have an interest in current affairs and the society around you, enjoy discussions and have an enquiring mind. Also, if you are a good communicator who enjoys essay writing you will like studying Sociology. 

Course content

Year 1 
Unit 1: Education with Methods in Context: This unit involves the study of the ways in which gender, ethnicity and social class can affect educational achievement; the role and functions of an education system and debates about government policy on education. Methods in Context looks at issues in researching aspects of education, such as observing lessons.
Unit 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology: This unit involves the study of research methods in sociology, such as the use of surveys, interviews and observation. The topic in sociology to be studied is Families and Households. This includes issues relating to the changing nature of family life; equality in domestic roles; migration and family diversity.
Year 2 
Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods: This unit involves the study of sociological theories such as Feminism and Marxism; debates about the scientific nature of sociology and research methods (from AS). It also includes assessment on Education and Methods in Context (from AS).
Unit 2: Topics in Sociology: This unit involves the study of two topics: Families and Households (from AS) and Beliefs. The Beliefs topic includes issues relating to the role and functions of religion in society; the nature of science as an alternative belief system; reasons why people may become members of smaller religious cults and the role of religion in a global context.
Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: This unit involves the study of sociological theories such as Feminism and Marxism; debates about the scientific nature of sociology and research methods (from AS). Crime and Deviance involves the study of ways in which criminal and deviant behaviour might be explained; debates about the measurement of crime; the global context of crime and debates about crime prevention and punishment.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

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AS 100% exam

A2 100% exam

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit


Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Cambridge - Sociology
  • University of Warwick - Sociology
  • Lancaster University - Sociology/criminology
  • The University of Salford - Social Policy
  • The University of Manchester - Sociology
Careers Destinations
  • Social Work 
  • Teachers 
  • Police 
  • Journalism
  • Health and Social Care
  • Research
  • Law 
  • Management


Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:


  • Law
  • Health & Social Care
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Citizenship
  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy


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: 03 October 2017
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