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You will study a variety of sociological theories, studies and concepts, and learn how to evaluate these in a critical manner.

You will study a variety of sociological theories, studies and concepts, and learn how to evaluate these in a critical manner. The focus will tend to be on British society but comparisons will be made with other countries.

Sociology could lead to a variety of jobs or university courses and is a good general qualification which is very well regarded by universities and employers.

This course can be studied as part of the communication or social science pathway.


Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You will learn how to analyse the society in which we live. You will examine sociological theories, studies and concepts and learn how to evaluate them. 

Your study will include the following units: 

  • Unit 1: families and households
  • Unit 2: education and sociological methods
  • Unit 3: beliefs in society 
  • Unit 4: crime and deviance linked to theory and methods


How I'll learn

Your study will involve a combination of practical exercises and theory. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial. They will help you set, review and achieve your targets. 

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

We have many enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.


How I'll be assessed

You will learn in groups and there will be ongoing timed assessments. There is no formal coursework assessment on this course.


Entry Requirements

Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English language and maths but excluding PE, dance, catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need either GCSE English language or English literature at grade 4.

With three A-levels, the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. Sociology is a subject that is valued by universities


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)

Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.