A Level

Sociology is a diverse and fascinating subject that challenges perceptions of everyday life. On this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of how society works and the social factors that affect our lives and choices as individuals.

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Topics include: education, culture and identity, the media and crime. In the first year, you will explore hard hitting issues such as poverty and racism linking sociological theories to contemporary news events, films and documentaries. In the second year you will examine issues such as gender and crime and also ethnicity and crime. You will explore a range of crime control and crime prevention strategies, evaluating the benefits of punishment, surveillance and rehabilitation.

Course Content

The qualification consists of three modular units. Topics include:

  • Education
  • Research methods
  • Culture and identity
  • Mass media
  • Crime and deviance
  • Theory and methods

(Exam board –AQA) 

(Specification code: 7192)

How it is Taught

The subject offers an informal yet supportive environment in which to study. Teachers are always available for consultation and guidance. A variety of teaching and learning styles is employed in class, ranging from teacher led to group work and individual presentations. You are encouraged to take an active role in class discussions and must be sufficiently motivated to carry out preparatory work for class.

Assessment Information

Paper 1: 2 hour written exam, 2nd Year June, 33% of A level mark

Paper 2: 2 hour written exam, 2nd Year June, 33% of A level mark

Paper 3: 2 hour written exam, 2nd Year June, 33% of A level mark

Entry Requirements

You should have at least grade 4 at GCSE English. Prior study of Sociology is not necessary to start advanced level in this subject but, if taken at GCSE, at least a grade 4 is required.

In this subject, particular skills and aptitudes will be required, many of which will be demonstrated by students’ GCSE profiles.

Students will also need to meet the general College entry requirements. Entry requirements are subjects to change.

Careers & HE Information

Sociology is useful in a wide variety of occupations and degree courses and especially in teaching, nursing, social work, police, probation, advertising or journalism. It is particularly relevant to criminology, psychology, anthropology and social policy. Many degree courses involve some Sociology, e.g. Medicine, Politics, Law and Business Studies

Useful Subject Combinations

Sociology combines well with many other subjects, fitting equally well with either the sciences or humanities. Popular combinations include Law, Business Studies, Economics, Government and Policy, Media Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, English Literature, Psychology, History, Geography and Health & Social Care.

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