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Sociology A-Level


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A Level Sociology



 Course Leader: Mr Richard Bethell


What is it all about?

Sociology is the study of Society, the ‘social world’ or social behaviour.  It 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?  This course provides you with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you and reflect on social issues that are often relevant to your own social experiences.  In the first year, there is a focus on key concepts and theoretical perspectives before moving on to the sociology of education and families and households to complete the year. This will be followed up by the study of the mass media and crime and deviance in year two. Alongside these fascinating sociological topics, there is a sustained application of theory and research methods.


Why study this course?

Those who study Sociology will become adept in understanding and analysing sociological issues and devising potential solutions to various social inequalities relating to factors such as class, gender, race, and poverty. Sociology provides a strong understanding of social and political issues, past and present. Moreover, studying sociology will definitely help develop your essay skills, allowing you to discuss different views on social issues in a critical and evaluative way. Being able to draw on a range of perspectives, evidence and contemporary issues is excellent preparation for university and employment. Sociology is regarded as a demanding and rigorous A-Level which combines well with any other combination of subjects, especially Psychology, Criminology, Health and Social Care, Geography, History, English and Media Studies.


What can I do with an A-Level in Sociology?

Sociology offers a challenging and stimulating course that is widely recognised and highly respected by universities as well as employers.  The study and essay skills learnt are an excellent preparation for Higher Education and for career paths such as Law, policing, market research, politics, education, social work and Journalism, as well as the civil service and jobs in the service sector.



What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have obtained 5 GCSE passes at grades 9-4. This must include a 5 in English.  In special circumstances the department may consider students who do not meet these requirements.  There is no requirement to have studied Sociology at GCSE – just to have an open and enquiring mind.


What will I learn on this course?

The course offers a number of compulsory core topics, as well as optional topics:

  • Education with theory and methods- Compulsory topic
  • Families and Households- Optional topic
  • The Mass Media- Optional topic
  • Crime and Deviance with theories and methods- Compulsory topic

How will I be assessed?

There are a range of different question style, all exam based.  These range from short answer to longer essay questions.  There is no coursework.  Assessment will take place at the end of the two-year course.


Is there anything else I need to know?

The Sociology department is proud of the support it gives to students.  Lessons at A Level are very different from GCSE, with much more room for discussion, group-work, student presentations and independent research, as well as teacher led activities.  The department will provide students with the necessary textbooks, and a library of books that students can borrow to aid their independent learning.  Students will receive small group coaching throughout the year, have access to additional support sessions and have a full programme of revision sessions in the run up to the exams.  Students are given a comprehensive range of revision materials and activities to ensure that they achieve the highest possible results.


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