We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College!
We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Sociology at Andover College is like. Scroll down to take a look at some of the resources available and get helpful tips on how to engage with the world around from a Sociological perspective.
If you have any questions about the course please get in touch, email - AskSocialSciences@sparsholt.ac.uk
Be sure to look into the additional help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams.
Meet your lecturer!
Welcome to the Course!
Sociology is all about the study of human society, the relationships we develop and how our behaviour is shaped by the world around us. As a Sociology student at Andover College you will cover various modules exploring the influence of gender, race, social class and ethnicity, among other variables, and examine how your experience in society may be disproportionately affected.
Our Sociology lecturers Carol and Sam have put together a collection of books which you may wish to purchase prior to starting college to aid your understanding of this fascinating topic. Please note it is not a requirement to purchase any resources and these books will be available in the library for you to access upon successful enrolment at the college.
As a budding Sociology student one of the best things you can do to continue your learning is to engage with various virtual resources, including the news and BBC Panorama. You could also look into topical comedy news shows, such as Mock the Week or Have I Got News For You.
Furthermore, satirical comedies which dig deeper into the fabric of Britain can also provide insight. These could include, Little Britain or The Catherine Tate Show - why not examine how race, social class and gender are portrayed in these shows - what has changed since they were made and what controversies were they involved in?
Induction Task for Applicants
Take a look at the document below and examine social media in more detail through analysis of your own use.
New Activity: Social Media
Our lecturers at Andover College appreciate the value in practical learning and encourage students to apply theoretical concept to real life situations - or in this case plastic ones! See below as our Sociology students examine the different sampling methods through Playmobil figurines!
Interested in learning more about the topics you could study at Andover College? Please take a look at the additional resources below.
Recommended videos and films:
- Have I Got News for You
- I, Daniel Blake (film)
- Educating Rita (film)
- The Sociology Book (DK)
- Sociology: Themes & Perspectives 5/6/7/8th edition (Haralambos & Holborn)
- The Politics Book (DK)
There are a variety of web pages which are offering free online courses to keep your mind and skills sharp.
Allison offers a variety of courses within the Sociology discipline - here.
The Open University has a variety of free online courses available in an array of different subjects. Take a look at the catalogue to choose your course! Here.
A Level in Sociology (2 Years)
Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college.
Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College!
We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna!
Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education!
We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna!
Student wellbeing and support
At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible.
We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including;
- Carer support
- Childcare support
- Confidential one-to-one services
We also have at the college Romeo our therapy dog! Romeo is part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to wellbeing provision for students. Romeo is based on campus with his owner throughout term.
Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present.