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Sociology Level 3

Course code: SH012

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Develop your skills and knowledge in sociology, from home!

This course will enable you to:

  • Define sociology and discover the relationships between other social sciences
  • Learn about the different types of perspectives and their views on society
  • Understand human behaviour and cultural variation
  • Understand how different factors construct social identity
  • Discover the wide range of sociological methods and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Study social stratification and social class
  • Identify what poverty is and the extent of it
  • Understand gender differences and how women’s roles have changed
  • Look into racism and the legislation behind it
  • Discover political power and inequality
  • Study the different types of family and how they have changed
  • Learn about the education system
  • Understand crime and social deviance and the different theories
  • Understand  the mass media impact and the impact it has on behaviour

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by either post or email making it easier and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you or sent online, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Develop your interest and knowledge by enrolling now and join the 60,000 students that have already done so.

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2Course Content
Course Content
Unit 1: Studying Sociology
  • What is sociology?
  • What is the relationship between sociology and the other social sciences?
  • What are the positivist, interpretivist, modern and post-modernist perspectives?
  • What do we use sociological knowledge for?
  • What is the relationship between the individual and society?
  • What are the biological, psychological and social elements of human behaviour?
  • To what extent is human behaviour determined by social factors?
  • How diverse are human behaviour and cultural variation?
  • What is socialisation and how does the individual become a full adult social interactor?
  • What are the agencies of socialisation and how do they function?
  • What is conformity and non-conformity?
  • How do social class, age, gender and ethnicity help construct social identity?
  • What is the nature of social change?
Unit 2: Sociological Methods
  • What are primary and secondary data?
  • What are quantitative and qualitative data?
  • What are the different forms of quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of these different methods?
  • What are the stages of research design?
  • What is the relationship between theory and methods; positivist and anti-positivist approaches?
  • What are the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing the choice of topic, choice of methods and conduct of research?
  • What is the distinction between reliability and validity?
  • What is the potential influence of researcher bias?
Unit 3: Social Stratification
  • What is social class?
  • What are the Marxist, Weberian, functionalist and post-modern approaches to social class?
  • What is the relationship between economic power and political power, social class and life chance?
  • What is the extent of social mobility in contemporary society?
  • What is ascribed and achieved status in contemporary modern and traditional societies?
  • What is poverty and what is the extent of poverty?
  • What is sex and gender difference?
  • What are the functionalist, Marxist and feminist perspectives on gender difference?
  • What is gender socialisation, and what are the agents of this?
  • What gender differences or inequalities exist in contemporary society?
  • What is patriarchy?
  • How has women’s role and status in society changed?
  • What has been the impact of equal opportunities policies on women’s lives?
  • What are race and ethnicity and what role do they play in the formation of identity?
  • What is racism and what forms does it take?
  • What are the patterns of racial inequality in society?
  • What anti-racist policy and legislation has there been?
  • What has been the impact of racial equality legislation in contemporary society?
Unit 4: Political Power and Inequality
  • What are the various forms of power, control and authority?
  • What are aristocracy, oligarchy, democracy and dictatorship?
  • What different theories of power are there?
  • What different interpretations of the role of the state in contemporary society are there?
  • How are political decisions made, both in a democracy or in an authoritarian régime?
  • How do the political processes work in the UK?
  • What is the role of the political party?
  • What is the role of a political pressure group?
  • What are democratic elections?
  • What factors influence voting behaviour in an election?
  • What is freedom of speech and ideas?
  • What is censorship?
Unit 5: The Family
  • What are the different types of family?
  • To what extent is the nuclear family a universal or common family structure?
  • What is the economic status of the family?
  • What are the functions of the family?
  • How have the functions of the family changed?
  • What changes have there been in the family and household structure and how have these been tied to industrialisation?
  • What demographic changes which have impacted on the family have there been, why have these happened and what have been the consequences?
Unit 6: Education
  • What is education and what roles do power and social control play in it?
  • What are the links between education, the economy and social inequality?
  • What is the relationship between education and the state?
  • What is the relationship between education and social mobility?
  • What is the relationship between educational achievement and intelligence?
  • What inequalities are there in education, by factors such as gender, race, social class or culture?
  • How is language important in education?
  • What are pupil sub-cultures and what effect do they have?
Unit 7: Crime and Social Deviance
  • What are crime and deviance?
  • What role do the mass media have to play in societal attitudes to crime?
  • What is the relationship between deviance, power and social control?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of official crime statistics?
  • What explanations are there for the distribution of crime by age, social class, ethnicity, gender and region?
  • What is white-collar crime?
  • What are the biological, psychological and sociological theories of crime and deviance?
  • What are the positivist and functionalist theories of crime?
  • What is the interactionist approach to crime?
Unit 8: The Mass Media
  • What are the mass media?
  • What are the trends in the organisation and control of the mass media?
  • What are the Marxist and Pluralist theories on the nature and role of the mass media?
  • What is the relationship between the mass media and the state?
  • What explanations are there for the process of selection and presentation of media content?
  • What is the relationship between the media and ideology?
  • What are the social trends of media consumption?
  • What different theories are there about the effects and use of the media?
  • What impact does the mass media have on behaviour?
3Other Information

This course is assessed by a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take you 12 months to complete.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received by post. You will also get tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing (a partner of UKDLP) has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will achieve Sociology level 3 .

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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