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Is this course right for me?

Would you like to develop your understanding of sociological thought and methodology?

This course is designed for a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and age groups, who want to explore these areas. It prepares you for employment and Higher Education, as well as giving you the critical skills to critically explore society institutions and individual identities.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: Mathematics, English or Welsh (1st language) (Grade B preferred), GCSE in a Humanities-related subject  (Grade B)
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)

Assessment:

The course is assessed by external examination in January (units SY1 and SY3) and in June (units SY2 and SY4).

Progression:

Whether you gain the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress.

You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions. This includes degrees in Sociology, Criminology, Law, Media Studies, Politics, and Philosophy, as well as many other options.

The course also prepares you for a variety of careers, either directly or after Higher Education. This includes roles in journalism and the media, policing, law, politics, nursing, health and social care, education and local government.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Bangor

    Course description

    On this course, you can learn how societies are structured and how they work, and how individuals and groups interact. It provides a sound understanding of sociological thought and methods, and the opportunity to develop a range of skills.

    Unit information

    AS Year

    Unit G671: Exploring Socialisation, Culture and Identity

    • Formation of culture, process of socialisation, role of socialisation in the creation of identities.

    • Exploring the research process, exploring the use of quantitative and qualitative data-collection methods and analysis in the context of research, exploring the use of mixed methods in the context of research.

    Unit G672: Topics in Socialisation, Culture and Identity - One topic from:

    • Sociology of the family - key concepts and key trends within the family, the role of the family in society, family diversity, roles, responsibilities and relationships within the family.

    • Sociology of health - key concepts and the social construction of health and illness, patterns and explanations of ill health in society, the social construction of mental illness and disability, the role of health professionals in society.

    • Sociology of religion - key concepts and the changing nature of religious movements in society, the role of religion in society, religion and social position, the strength of religion in society.

    • Sociology of youth - key concepts and the social construction of youth, the role of youth culture/subcultures in society, the relationship between youth and subculture, the experience of young people in education.

    A2 Year

    Unit G673: Power and Control - One topic from:

    • Sociology of crime and deviance, definition and measurement of crime and deviance trends, patterns and explanations of crime and deviance, victimisation role of agents of social control in the construction of crime and deviance, solutions to the problem of crime.

    • Sociology of education, structure and organisation of the education system, role and function of education in society, differential educational achievement, relationship between education and the economy, education and social policy.

    • Sociology of the mass media - defining and researching the mass media, ownership and control of the media, construction of the news, media representations of social groups, effect of the media on society.

    • Sociology of power and politics - defining and exploring political action in society, participation in and emergence of new social movements, changing patterns of political action, political ideologies and their relationship to political action, nature and distribution of political power in society.

    Unit G674: Exploring Social

    • Inequality and Difference Social inequality and difference, illustrated by the study of gender, class, ethnicity, age.

    • Exploring sociological research on social inequality and difference - practical concerns, theoretical issues.

  • Dolgellau

    Course description

    This course is designed for a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and age groups, who want to explore these areas. It prepares you for employment and Higher Education, as well as giving you the critical skills to critically explore society institutions and individual identities.

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses. Our staff will be very happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

    Unit information

    Sociology is the study of people and society, and sociologists look for explanations of how and why societies are structured in certain ways. On this course you will consider how society helps to form you as an individual. You will also examine the causes of social problems like poverty, crime, deviance and prejudice.

    Year 1 (AS)

    SY1: Acquiring Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A focuses on defining culture, and asking how it influences your identity (your sense of ‘me'). Section B looks at either family or youth culture. You will examine sociological explanations for how youth cultures or the family influence modern British culture. SY2: Understanding Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A introduces sociological research methods and aims to provide an understanding of how sociological research is carried out. Section B concerns the mass media. You will learn how these social institutions affect us as individuals and the society we live in.

    Year 2 (A2)        

    SY3: Understanding Power and Control: This unit examines how powerful social groups work within societies. You will also form a sociological explanation of ‘Crime' SY4: Understanding Social Divisions: This unit contains two sections. Section A looks at research methods, and aims to develop your understanding of how research is carried out and evaluated. Section B examines social inequality, and studies its sociological explanations.

  • Pwllheli

    Course description

    This course is designed for a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and age groups, who want to explore these areas. It prepares you for employment and Higher Education, as well as giving you the critical skills to critically explore society institutions and individual identities.

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses. Our staff will be very happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

    Unit information

    Sociology is the study of people and society, and sociologists look for explanations of how and why societies are structured in certain ways. On this course you will consider how society helps to form you as an individual. You will also examine the causes of social problems like poverty, crime, deviance and prejudice.

    Year 1 (AS)

    SY1: Acquiring Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A focuses on defining culture, and asking how it influences your identity (your sense of ‘me'). Section B looks at either family or youth culture. You will examine sociological explanations for how youth cultures or the family influence modern British culture. SY2: Understanding Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A introduces sociological research methods and aims to provide an understanding of how sociological research is carried out. Section B concerns the mass media. You will learn how these social institutions affect us as individuals and the society we live in.

    Year 2 (A2)        

    SY3: Understanding Power and Control: This unit examines how powerful social groups work within societies. You will also form a sociological explanation of ‘Crime' SY4: Understanding Social Divisions: This unit contains two sections. Section A looks at research methods, and aims to develop your understanding of how research is carried out and evaluated. Section B examines social inequality, and studies its sociological explanations.

  • Rhyl

    Course description

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses. Our staff will be very happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

    Unit information

    Sociology is the study of people and society, and sociologists look for explanations of how and why societies are structured in certain ways. On this course you will consider how society helps to form you as an individual. You will also examine the causes of social problems like poverty, crime, deviance and prejudice.

    Year 1 (AS)

    SY1: Acquiring Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A focuses on defining culture, and asking how it influences your identity (your sense of ‘me'). Section B looks at either family or youth culture. You will examine sociological explanations for how youth cultures or the family influence modern British culture.

    SY2: Understanding Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A introduces sociological research methods, giving you the tools and techniques to conduct investigations. Section B concerns either the mass media or education. You will learn how these social institutions affect us as individuals and the society we live in.

    Year 2 (A2)

    SY3: Understanding Power and Control:This unit examines the influence power exerts within societies. You will also form a sociological explanation of ‘Crime', or of ‘Health and Disability'.

    SY4: Understanding Social Divisions:This unit contains two sections. Section A looks at research methods, continuing to develop your practical techniques of investigation. Section B examines social inequality, and studies its sociological explanations.

    Additional information

    Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications. 

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    Course description

    The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses. Our staff will be very happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

    Unit information

    Sociology is the study of people and society, and sociologists look for explanations of how and why societies are structured in certain ways. On this course you will consider how society helps to form you as an individual. You will also examine the causes of social problems like poverty, crime, deviance and prejudice.

    Year 1 (AS)

    SY1: Acquiring Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A focuses on defining culture, and asking how it influences your identity (your sense of ‘me'). Section B looks at either family or youth culture. You will examine sociological explanations for how youth cultures or the family influence modern British culture.

    SY2: Understanding Culture: This unit contains two sections. Section A introduces sociological research methods, giving you the tools and techniques to conduct investigations. Section B concerns either the mass media or education. You will learn how these social institutions affect us as individuals and the society we live in.

    Year 2 (A2)

    SY3: Understanding Power and Control:This unit examines the influence power exerts within societies. You will also form a sociological explanation of ‘Crime', or of ‘Health and Disability'.

    SY4: Understanding Social Divisions:This unit contains two sections. Section A looks at research methods, continuing to develop your practical techniques of investigation. Section B examines social inequality, and studies its sociological explanations.

    Additional information

    Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications.