This Associate in Applied Science degree in Sociology gives broad coverage of contemporary social issues to produce critical thinkers and solutions-oriented social service providers. This degree programme prepares students for paraprofessional jobs in administrative and research functions and provides a basis for transfer to complete either a three- or four-year degree programme. Students complete courses in sociological theory, and its application to the Caribbean in particular and the wider international environment in general.  They learn about the major social institutions, discuss contemporary social problems, and engage in sociological analysis to identify options to address these problems. They also gain in-depth exposure to sociological research methods and complete a research project on a topic of their choice.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    2 Years (FT)
    3 Years (PT)



    SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    SOCI 101 Caribbean Sociology I 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    SOCI 104 Caribbean Sociology II 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    SOCI 105 Caribbean Sociology III 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    SOCI 220 Quantitative Research Methods 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    SOCI 230 Qualitative Research Methods 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity 3
    SOCI 250 Exploring Caribbean Social Problems 3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 18
    SOCI 281 Research Project I 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    SOCI 282 Research Project II 3 Introduction to General Economics 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in Major 27 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
    ELECTIVE OPTIONS IN THE MAJOR Inferential Statistics 3
    One 3-credit elective courses in major 3 Social Psychology 3
    Total Elective Courses in the Major 3
    Total Support Course Credits 12
    Any one 3 credit course from the College  3
    Total Elective Credits 3

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree in Sociology, students must successfully complete 63 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 27credits
    One elective course in major area of study 3 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 30 credits
     Core curriculum courses

    Support courses

    Free elective courses

    18 credits

    12 credits

    3 credits

    Total Credits Required for Graduation 63 credits

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