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Sociology A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 A-levels
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North Devon Campus
Two years

This stimulating and topical study programme enables you to better understand people's behaviour and the societal influence on their lives. It will give you a real insight into the world around you. As you learn, you'll build up your knowledge and understanding of sociological thought and methods.

A great basis for learning analytical skills that lots of university courses and careers need.


In this Sociology A-level course, we will develop your skills of analysis and evaluation, a great foundation for almost all courses in Higher Education.

Through this two year course you will complete modules based on the topics of:
- Families and Households: Looking at the structure of the family, thinking about how it has changed over time and why this may have been.
- Education: How do schools influence our lives? Is education fair? How and why is education organised.
- Crime and Deviance: Looking at underlying causes and trends in deviance.
- Media: We live in a media saturated society, what influence does that have on out lives?

Alongside these topics we will look at the theoretical perspectives and the methods used by sociologists to investigate society.
Assessment is via three exams at the end of the two years. They contain a variety of short answer and long mark essays.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

A grade 6 in English language is recommended. You will also need to have enthusiasm for discussing and debating the issues that society faces every day and an open mind to question them in a new way.
Most students expect to go to university or some other form of Higher Education. Sociology is particularly useful for those who are considering the civil service and local government, management, voluntary agencies like Oxfam, teaching, law, journalism, medicine, social work, nursing or social policy. It teaches transferable skills of analysis and evaluation which are applicable to all career paths.
Students are required to purchase textbooks for both years of study.
Please make sure you bring along paper, pens and enthusiasm!
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What is sociology?
A: Sociology is a subject that allows you to understand human behaviour and social life. Sociologists study society and institutions such as government, families, the police and the courts. By doing this, they allow us to understand why we behave the way we do, and why certain individuals are affected by where they live or how poor they are; but mostly, its about trying to help us understand ourselves and others better, and create a more understanding society. Its about walking a mile in another person's shoes, learning to avoid prejudice and helping to create tolerance. Sociology opens your mind to those questions you may never have asked. It can turn your world upside down - making you think about the common sense and taken for granted everyday issues. Be prepared to leave the classroom with more questions than answers. Topics vary from poverty, gender, social identities, social inequalities, race, crime and deviance and comparing different societies.

Q: Do I have to do a lot of reading?
A: Yes, mostly based on the course material as well as reading interesting articles in current news papers and researching topics further using text books and websites.

Q: Will there be opportunity for discussion and debate of current issues?
A: Very much so! This will allow you to form and give your own opinion on topics, there are always lively group discussions which you are expected to take part in.

Q: What other subjects go well with Sociology?
A: Geography, History, Classical Civilisation, Politics, Psychology, Economics, Law, Health and Social Care - any subject which tried to explain why people do what they do.