Who does the house work? What causes inequality in society? Why do people commit crimes? How do we know how to behave? What does the word family mean today? How do researchers gather information?
Are you interested in any of the above questions?
Then Sociology might be for you!
You do not need any previous knowledge of Sociology: It is vital, however, that you have good literacy skills. Sociology prepares you for a lifetime of change by developing your appreciation of diversity, love of learning, writing and study skills, as well as developing an in-depth understanding of human behaviour, social organisation, culture, and social change. Sociology helps us look more objectively at our society and other societies. It directs attention to how the parts of society fit together and change, and the consequences of that social change. If you are the type of person who doesn't necessarily follow the crowds (but are fascinated by their behaviour), the type who is truly interested in what is going on in the world, then Sociology is the subject for you.
Students will study five components that are externally assessed, these are:
• Education with Methods in context
• Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Families and Households)
• Education with Theory and Methods (Laws and Education)
• Topics of Sociology (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society)
• Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
AS Level Sociology consists of two assessed units with two written exams worth 60 marks each. Each paper is worth 50% of the full AS Level qualification.
A Level Sociology consists of three assessed units with three written exams worth 80 marks each. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the full A Level Qualification
A minimum of 5 subjects at A*– B (Grade 5 or higher) including a minimum of a Grade 6 in GCSE English or Humanities subject.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.