Sociology A Level

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Why choose Sociology?

Sociology is at the cutting edge of understanding the world we live in. It is the study of human social life, groups and societies. Sociology attempts to describe and explain people’s social behaviour. In so doing, it asks questions such as why is it that people join gangs? What causes crime? Why are some people rich and others poor? Why do girls get better exam results than boys? Why do 50,000 people in the world die of poverty every day? Sociology can help you to understand the social structures that shape us and prepare us for our place in the world, such as the family and education. It can also shed light on hidden aspects of society such as criminal gangs and youth subcultures.

Resources & Facilities

  • Detailed course handbooks
  • Interactive ICT resources and DVDs
  • Well-equipped Learning Resources Centre containing all the major texts and research papers

Teaching and Learning Styles

A wide variety of teaching methods are employed along with downloads, guest speakers and student debates, student-centred and whole group activities. Your own experience and knowledge is the basis for you to further develop your skills of research, analysis and evaluation with the support of your teacher. Independent study is also encouraged.

Extra-curricular Activities

Sociology conferences, with advice from chief examiners and contributions from major sociologists on topical issues.

Assessment

The A Level is assessed by external exams at the end of the second year.

Faizan SaddiqueBlessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic CollegeSociologyI have always been intrigued by how society functions which is why I chose to study the subject. I also study Business Studies and Law, which I have found to be a good combination.  Studying Sociology has helped me to look at society more objectively and I am now able to understand and respond to differences in lifestyle.  The course has also helped me develop my evaluation and analysis skills, enabling me to apply theories and research findings to my work. I believe this will be of great benefit to me after College, when I plan to study Law at university, and then go on to become a lawyer.

Faizan Saddique

Sociology - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I have always been intrigued by how society functions which is why I chose to study the subject. I also study Business Studies and Law, which I have found to be a good combination. Studying Sociology has helped me to look at society more objectively and I am now able to understand and respond to differences in lifestyle. The course has also helped me develop my evaluation and analysis skills, enabling me to apply theories and research findings to my work. I believe this will be of great benefit to me after College, when I plan to study Law at university, and then go on to become a lawyer.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study Sociology at degree level choosing a single honours degree or a combined degree with other academic disciplines such as Law and Psychology. There are also close links to fields such as marketing, criminology, research, teaching, and social work. However, the social awareness and evaluative skills that you develop will be useful in whatever field you specialise in.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Sociology4Interest in contemporary issues. Willingness to participate in discussion. Willingness to be open-minded.Year 1: optional trip: approx. £10- £15. Year 2: optional trip: approx. £10-£15

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