The Sociology - Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice of Sociology. No prior knowledge is required.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the origins of sociology, what methods of enquiry are employed and describe some of the general sociological theories that have been established over the years.

  • Explain the different sociological systems that exist within society and understand some of the perspectives and theories that have been proposed to explain this social phenomenon.

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the socialisation process.

  • Describe the social institutions that exist in society and explain their role in maintaining the stability of society.

  • Detail some of the many social issues that exist in society and understand how social control is exercised.

  • Identify how society is stratified and detail some of the theories that attempt to explain this social phenomenon.

  • Explain what is meant by demography, group behaviour and social movements and give an overview of the social science of social psychology.

The Course Includes the Following 7 Units:-

  • Unit One – What is Sociology?

This Unit contains the following topics: The history of sociology; The study of sociology; Theoretical perspectives; Sociological methods; and General sociological theory.

  • Unit Two – Social Systems

This Unit contains the following topics: Society (Classical views on social change); Culture (Theories on culture); Economic systems; and Identity (Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Social class, Region of origin).

  • Unit Three – The Socialisation Process

This Unit contains the following topics: Values; Norms; Roles; Status and Theoretical understandings of socialisation.

  • Unit Four – Common Social Institutions

This Unit contains the following topics: The family; Education; Religion; Financial institutions; Work and Industry; Political institutions and Health care.

  • Unit Five – Social Issues

This Unit contains the following topics: Poverty; Unemployment; Crime and deviance; Alcohol; Smoking; Obesity; Drug abuse; and Social control.

  • Unit Six – Social Stratification

This Unit contains the following topics: Social class stratification; Ethnic group stratification; Gender stratification; and Theories of stratification.

  • Unit Seven – Social Organisation of Groups

This Unit contains the following topics: Demography; Groups; Collective behaviour; Social movements; and Social psychology.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


The course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted then marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Sociology Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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