Sociology

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • You are actively concerned about the world around you and want to do something useful and constructive within it.
  • You are interested in issues in wider society such as gender equality, education, crime prevention strategies and demographic changes.
  • You want to further develop your skills of analysis and evaluation.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year 1 (AS) – Socialisation and Culture, Families and Households, Education, and Methods of Sociological Enquiry.
Year 2 (A-Level) – you will also study Power and Stratification, Crime and Deviance. Each topic is underpinned with sociological perspectives based on the work of key theorists.

Some of the issues we look at include: What is culture? Why do working class pupils get worse exam results than middle class pupils? Why do males commit more crime than females? How do sociologists conduct research?

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

AS – two written exams

A-Level – three written exams

Your progress will be rigorously monitored through a range of written assessments, tests and progress reviews.

 

PROGRESSION

Sociology provides a strong intellectual background for students considering careers in the police, probation service, journalism, anthropology, social work, teaching, law and any other career where you will deal with people from different social backgrounds. Sociology combines well with many subjects like English, Law, Politics, Media Studies, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy and Business Studies. As a social science, many students also combine Sociology with Psychology.