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Sociology: A Level

Course Outline
Unit 1 – Education with Research Methods
Unit 2 - Families and Households: Beliefs in Society
Unit 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Unit 1 is examined (33.3%)
Unit 2 is examined (33.3%)
Unit 3 is examined (33.3%)
Teaching styles
Note-taking, discussion and debates, DVDs/videos, worksheets, group work, student presentations, supported self-study, quizzes, Q&A sessions, out of college trips.
Subject combinations
Complementary subjects are Government & Politics; Psychology; History; Law; Media Studies; Health & Social Care; Religious Studies.
Resources and facilities
Specialist teaching rooms; student laptop computers; wide range of textbooks; well-stocked library; handouts to complement students’ notes; extension readings available; induction/coursework booklets and supporting materials provided; revision guides supplied; model essays available; huge range of websites available, including internal college site.


Key features
Dedicated, enthusiastic teachers; ‘open access’ policy: students get regular support outside of lessons; mentoring support available; revision lessons and materials provided; regular discussion/debates; students develop skills in communication, evaluation, group work, individual research, analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, and study provocative and often controversial topics which have a direct impact on their everyday lives.


Studying Sociology or a related course at university (Criminology is becoming an increasingly popular course with our students). Possible careers include teaching, social work, social researching, media/journalism, human resources, probation officer, and community work.
Provisional entry requirements

As part of a level 3 programme a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C or 4 - 9 are required, or equivalent, including English Language.

Students will benefit from having skills in essay-writing and note-taking in addition to the entry requirements.



Level 3 course

Two years

Progression – higher education and employment 

4 periods a week