Level: Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand Sociology for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the various themes, perspectives and methodologies of sociology. It explores how we learn a large proportion of our behaviour, and examines the way we interact within groups and societies. It provides an understanding of the major areas of sociological interest, giving you an extremely sound foundation on which to build more detailed knowledge.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Course Aims
      • Overview
    • What is Sociology?
      • Theories
      • Culture
      • Socialisation
  • Lesson Two
    • Gender and Sexuality
      • Biology
      • Sociobiology
      • Women in Society
      • Feminism
  • Lesson Three
    • Social Class and Power
      • The State
      • Marxism and Capitalism
      • Elite Theory
  • Lesson Four
    • The Family
      • Structures
      • Women in the Family
      • Positive and Negative
  • Lesson Five
    • Religion
      • What is Religion?
      • Functions of Religion
      • Magic and Religion
      • Religious Organisation
  • Lesson Six
    • Sociological Methodology
      • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
      • Sources of Information

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.