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Sociology (A Level)

Sociology is about the study of societies, how they work and how they change. You will learn how societies shape people's ideas and behaviour and how in turn, people interact and shape their societies.

You will also have the chance to consider your own experience of the world around you and develop the knowledge and skills needed to play a part within the community.

Future Opportunities

Many students go on to Higher Education and have followed a diverse range of degrees including:

  • Maths
  • Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Media
  • English
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Biology.

Students are better equipped to express their views, present balanced arguments and have an analytical, evaluative mind. Other students who have pursued a career at 18 have gone to work in Insurance, Law, Admin, Police, etc.

Links to other subjects

Sociology is a Social Science and therefore combines well with both Science and Arts based subjects. For example, students have combined Maths, Chemistry and Sociology or English, History and Politics, along with various other permutations.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more Grade 9-4 at GCSE or equivalent, including English. Grade 4 in Sociology (if studied).

Students need an open and enquiring mind, an interest in current affairs and the social issues of today.

What will I study?
  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • One of:

          a) Culture and Identity
          b) Families and Households
          c) Health
          d) Work, Poverty and Welfare

  • One of:
    a) Beliefs in Society
    b) Global Development
    c) The Media
    d) Stratification and Differentiation.
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through 3 written exams:

Paper 1: 2 hours (Education with Theory and Methods)

Paper 2: 2 hours (Topics in Sociology)

Paper 3: 2 hours (Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods,