Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. If you meet the minimum grade of a D to continue to A2, you will explore topics such as Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (Why do people commit suicide? Why is crime increasing? What makes people kill, rob or beat? Domestic Violence), again using supporting data to reinforce your arguments and opinion. You will then study the following option:
- The Media. (How does the media influence and manipulate society?).
All students studying A Levels must have at least five GCSEs at grade A* – C (grade 9 – 5) in academic subjects, including English Language at grade C (grade 5). Two of these must be B grades (grade 6). Specifically for Sociology, you will need GCSE Maths at grade C (grade 5).
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Students will start studying and exploring different sociological perspectives and linking these to the following module:
Culture and Identity. (How do different cultures change society? How influential is our culture in shaping our identity?)
From January onwards, students will be studying Education Theory and Research Methods (including topics such as: Are girls really doing better than boys? How can teachers label students? How does your ethnicity or class affect your experience at school?). Students will use data throughout this module to support their answers. This will prepare students for their AS exam.
Upon meeting the minimum grade of a D to continue to A2, students will explore topics such as Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (Why do people commit suicide? Why is crime increasing? What makes people kill, rob or beat? Domestic Violence), again using supporting data to reinforce their arguments and opinion.
Students will then study the following option:
The Media. (How does the media influence and manipulate society?).
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Assessment is by examinations that may include short answer questions and extended writing. This is an essay based subject and you should be confident in writing long essays.
WHERE CAN I GO NEXT?
Sociology is a subject that is accepted at all universities on most courses. Many students who take A Level Sociology go on to university to study it as their major choice.
Many students who undertake a career in social services, social policy, teaching, business, the civil service, the police, etc, find the study of Sociology invaluable to their understanding.