A Level Sociology

Why Study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of Society, the ‘social world’. Sociology looks beyond the day to day and asks what is the real nature of Society, why does it function like it does and for whose benefit? Sociology asks you to understand and apply key concepts such as power, gender, ethnicity and culture to important and topical issues such as Education, Crime and Deviance and Religion which shape the world we live in.

Course Outline and Assessment

Sociology is a rigorous academic subject that is also rooted in the real world. Studying Sociology A Level enables you to develop critical thinking skills, to analyse and interpret the world around you.  In previous years, some excellent results have been achieved in Sociology in part due to the expertise of the teachers and the smaller, supportive classes. Previous students have gone on to study the subject at prestigious universities either as a subject in its own right or in combination with another subject.

Students will study the following topics:

  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Families & Households
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods

Assessment will take the form of three written examinations of equal weighting.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Sociology A Level goes well with most subject combinations and will complement other humanities subjects such as History, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Government and Politics and Psychology.

Sociology is about contemporary society and the people who live in it and is therefore an ideal subject for many future career paths given that many jobs require interaction with people.

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