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Course overview

Sociology is the study of society, explanations of social behaviour and an investigation into an individuals relationships with society.

Modules covered:

Education with Theory & Research Methods

Topics include:
Education - Educational reform; education policy linked to globalisation; functions of education; differential achievement by class, gender & ethnicity.

Methods in context - Links between sociological research methods (Observation; questionnaires; interviews) and issues in education.

Research Methods - Data; methods (e.g. observations; questionnaires; interviews; experiments; secondary sources and sampling techniques). Practical, theoretical and ethical issues in research.

Theory - Sociological theories and debates. Social policy.

Topics in Sociology

Topics include:
Family and Households - Sociology of childhood; division of domestic labour; family diversity; functions of the family; demography and pattern of marriage & divorce.

Belief and Society - Function of religion, secularisation, religion and social change and religious organisations.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Topics include:
Crime and Deviance - Functions of crime, crime prevention, punishment, green crime and state crime. Globalisation of crime.

Theory - Sociological theories (e.g. Marxism; Functionalism; Feminism) and debates (e.g. sociology as a science; value freedom), and social policy.

Research Methods - Data; methods (e.g. observations; questionnaires; interviews; experiments; secondary sources and sampling techniques). Practical, theoretical and ethical issues in research.

The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, use of media e.g. documentaries, and personal research when preparing for assessment. Also, as part of your course in Sociology you will be offered the chance to go on several educational visits including a trip to New York, which includes many new cultural experiences including a tour of the United Nations. There are also taster day visits to a number of Universities’ Sociology departments in the last term of the first year.

What else do I need to know?

Studying Sociology provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use it to progress to Higher Education. Universities recognise the independence of thought and critical awareness that A Level Sociology courses develop. Many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that Sociology students will have gained during their studies. On a personal level, students will find that their awareness of sociological themes enhances their understanding of society and institutions and will consequently gain a unique and fascinating insight into their own lives.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

When you have gained your A Level in Sociology you can use it to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in Sociology both locally and further afield. Both Staffordshire University and Keele University currently offer Sociology options. Sociology can be combined with many other subjects, for example Modern Languages which is a good idea if you wish to work outside the UK in the future. The sort of jobs Sociology graduates go on to do are wide ranging including teaching, social work, work within the criminal justice system, work within the health service, human resources, journalism, marketing and business and many more.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Zoe Emery, Head of Sociology, by emailing: zoe.emery@nscg.ac.uk

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