The course covers a wide range of topics including compulsory modules in Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods. In addition students can study optional modules in topics such as Families and Households and Culture and Identity. These topics include ideas about changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course and diversity of contemporary family and household structures. It specifically focuses on demographic trends in the UK since 1900. It also covers the significance of educational policies and the role and purpose of education in contemporary society. The use of sociological research methods to study education through sociological methods are also studied. Students will also complete a compulsory module on Crime and Deviance as well as optional modules in topics such as Beliefs in Society and The Media.
The Sociology course is assessed by 100% final written examinations.
5 GCSE or equivalent grades at 4 or above including English and Sociology or similar subject area (e.g. ERS or History).
You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses to prepare for Higher Education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology, Psychology or more any other Higher Education courses. You could also go straight into employment as the course is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, particularly the media, government, education, law and the health and social care sectors.