Course Title AS/A Level Sociology
Level: 3
Code MS006

Overview of the Course

Sociology is the study of human societies and how they interact to shape people’s beliefs, behaviours and identity. Academics claim sociology is more than a subject – it’s a whole way of seeing the world. The course provides a lively interesting introduction to sociology, examining a range of questions such as: Why do some people commit crime? Why are girls performing better than boys in education? Does the media reflect today’s social reality? Subject related topics and guest speakers will also feature as part of the programme.

What are the career opportunities?

A Sociology qualification gives you a good background and provides you with skills and knowledge which are applicable in a wide range of areas. On completion of this course you may choose to study at degree level and pursue a career in any of the following areas: National and Local Government, Human Resources, Health, Social Work, Voluntary Agencies, Education, the Criminal Justice System, the Media, Commerce, Industry, Commercial Marketing or Advertising.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE English Language grade 9-5 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

For the AS programme you will study: Families and Households, Education and Research Methods. For the A Level programme you will study: Families and Households, Education, Theory and Research Methods, Crime and Deviance, and Mass Media. You will develop the ability to make reasoned arguments and interpret evidence as well as appreciating the complexity and diversity of social situations. AS is a one year course which consists of two units which will be examined by external exams at the end of the course. A Level is a two year course which consists of four units which will be examined externally at the end of the course.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge, skills relevant to the subject you are studying. All A Level subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.

Work experience

You will have opportunity to participate in a week’s work experience in each year of the course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers. In addition, it provides opportunity to develop valuable skills for a personal statement or CV.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There will be no additional costs to study on this course.

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