Sociology - QLS Level 3 Course

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Self-Study Time:Approximately 90 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

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

Course Objectives:

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.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

The Sociology - QLS Level 3 Course Includes the Following Units:
This Unit contains the following topics: The history of sociology; The study of sociology; Theoretical perspectives; Sociological methods; and General sociological theory.
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).
This Unit contains the following topics: Values; Norms; Roles; Status and Theoretical understandings of socialisation.
This Unit contains the following topics: The family; Education; Religion; Financial institutions; Work and Industry; Political institutions and Health care.
This Unit contains the following topics: Poverty; Unemployment; Crime and deviance; Alcohol; Smoking; Obesity; Drug abuse; and Social control.
This Unit contains the following topics: Social class stratification; Ethnic group stratification; Gender stratification; and Theories of stratification.
This Unit contains the following topics: Demography; Groups; Collective behaviour; Social movements; and Social psychology.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

About ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

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