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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 gives you a real insight into the world around you. You'll study how people behave in social situations and analyse the causes and effects at work beneath society as a whole. As you learn, you'll build up your knowledge and understanding of sociological thought and methods.

A great basis for learning analysis 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 any course in Higher Education.

In your first year, you will complete two modules based on topics where you already have personal experience; Families and Households, and Education and Research Methods, alongside the practical skills sociologists use.

In your second year, you'll explore the Sociology of Crime and Deviance, looking at underlying causes and trends in deviance. You will also study Media in which you will be guided to explore and questions the contents of the media saturated society in which we live.
Assessment is using shorter-answer questions, with several essays across 3 papers. There is an emphasis on 'doing' sociology - you will be encouraged to observe, question and analyse the world around you every day! The highly-structured sessions all include regular assessments to help you to maximise your potential in the subject. All are assessed in exams at the end of the course.
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 minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths. A grade 6 in English Language is recommended.
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.
There is access to journal databases and use of interactive media and information technology. A text book is required by every student for each level, to be purchased themselves before the start of the autumn term.
Please make sure you bring along paper, pens and a file to store your work.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What exactly is sociology?
A: It 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: Yes, 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, English, and Sport all include some areas of Sociology.

Q: Will we be watching videos and TV programmes?
A: Yes, to keep the course current and relevant we use a wide range of sources and much of what we watch is available on the internet, e.g., YouTube, and also through documentaries from the BBC. As you are watching TV or using media of any kind you should be mindful of the social influences upon it, and be willing to share your discoveries with the rest of your class.