Humanities and Social Sciences
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

Sociology is the study of human society and social problems. On this course you will learn different research methods and cover topics such as: family; education; crime and religion, and how they affect society.


  • Theory & Research Methods
  • Education
  • Families & Households
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime & Deviance

You will learn through lectures, group work, independent work, university style activities, student presentations and discussions, combined with at least four hours of reading and independent study. It is really important to read a quality newspaper every day.

In the first year you will study family, research methods and education, and in the second year, crime, research methods and the media.

This subject combines well with Business, Economics, English, History, Law, Government and Politics, and Psychology. You will visit the Houses of Parliament, the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics and the British Library, as well as debating activities with the other colleges.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths. GCSE grade B in a subject which includes extended writing, such as English or History. All applicants will be interviewed.

Assessment Method

The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course.

The A-Level is 100% exam based. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers.

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework, and in-class tests.

Progression Opportunities

Where will this course take you? Our students go on to a range of humanities and social science degrees, including law criminology. Starting salaries for university graduates are likely to be £18,000 to £20,000 pa with professional employment opportunities in education, public sector institutions, journalism, the Civil Service, social work, business, retail management and marketing.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms. There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.


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