Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

This subject would be highly suitable for anyone who is interested in people and the way we live. Sociology offers a distinct and highly illuminating perspective on human behaviour. Learning to be a sociologist means taking a step back from our own personal interpretations of the world, to look at the social influences which shape our lives.

What does the course involve?

Topics studied include:

  • Education
  • Families and households
  • Research methods
  • Crime and deviance
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Sociological theory

Most lessons involve discussion, analysis and debate, offering you a real opportunity to get to grips with the material, as well as the chance to get your head around the very particular demands of the exam.

What makes this course special?

  • Varied and unique timetable allowing students to experience life in and out of the classroom.
  • Students are supported by outstanding computer and library facilities.
  • Varied teaching methods by highly experienced and friendly staff.
  • Visits to Prague/Berlin, Wells Cathedral, Pagan Temple, Glastonbury Tor, HMP Bristol and Sedgemoor CCTV control room.
  • Guest speakers including Jehovah’s Witnesses and a White Witch.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of five GCSEs A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study, including Maths and English. Due to the rigorous, essay-based approach to this subject and the amount of in-depth reading required, it is recommended that you achieve 5 or more in GCSE English.

Academic Scholarship

This is an exciting opportunity, aimed at high achieving young people wanting to progress to high ranking universities, conservatoires or medical schools. Scholarships are only available to students of Bridgwater & Taunton College who are under 19 on 31 August of their year of enrolment.

What are the assessment methods?

Examinations

How long is the course?

Two years

What are the College attendance requirements?

Every week you will spend six hours in taught lessons. You will be assigned work each week that will need to be completed in self-study hours at College or home.

What are the progression options?

As a subject Sociology has universal currency and is expanding in further and higher education. There are many universities which recognise Sociology as a valid subject and accept it as an entrance A Level. The majority of universities also offer three year degree courses allowing students to gain a BSc or BA in Sociology, often allowing it to be combined with Criminology, Psychology or other related topics.

Sociology also has importance for a variety of careers and is seen as an important part of professional training for a variety of occupations including nursing, personnel, social work, police, probation and teaching.

Awarding Body

AQA

Further Information