North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities


Awarding Body:


 A Level

Unit One: Education with Theory and Methods

Unit Two: Families in Households and the Media.

Unit Three: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

Centre entry requirements


Why should I follow this course?

Sociology takes a fresh look at the world around us and asks questions about social life which most people take for granted. Studying sociology will definitely help develop your essay skills, allowing you to discuss views on topical social issues in a critical and evaluative way.  Being able to draw on a range of perspectives, evidence and contemporary issues is excellent preparation for university and employment.  Sociology provides a strong understanding of current social issues, past and present.  You will develop a number of skills by taking this subject, including an ability to see in a fresh way society around us and an ability to critically assess and understand social trends.  You will have the opportunity to observe, analyse and describe our society.


What will you learn?

Sociology is the study of society. You will learn about the importance of how gender, ethnicity, class and age influence us.  You will develop a number of skills by taking this subject, including an ability not only to understand important changes to education, the family, crime and the media in Britain today but also to examine this material critically.  Sociology is an incredibly wide subject but we have cherry picked the most interesting aspects of our syllabus.  The following are some key questions that we will look at during the course: How do you research street gangs?  What is cyber-crime?  How does your background affect your chances of success at school?  How has childhood changed in recent decades?  How are women represented in the media?


What learning and teaching methods will be used?

 A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including teacher-led activities, small group work, personal independent research and discussion. Role-play and class-based demonstrations may also be used.  You will be encouraged to make use of the vast array of information available online, in books, on TV, in film, on the radio and in other media.  You must be prepared to study hard, engage with the subject both inside and outside the classroom, to read widely, independently and to practice your writing technique


What can I do with my qualification?

 A level Sociology is very good preparation for university, where strong essay writing skills are very important. Universities recognise that sociology A Level provides students with a very good foundation in social, political and policy knowledge.  Sociology is regarded as a demanding and rigorous A Level which combines with any other combination of subjects.  Sociology students go on to a wide range of jobs in the media industries, teaching, business, medicine, advertising, probation and social services, journalism and public sector work.