Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime? A-level Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.
Potential Topics that will be studied
During the course you will look at different aspects of the social world. Topics can include:
- Social media – ‘What impact does the internet have on social relations?’
- Crime and deviance – ‘Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others?’
- The family – ‘How diverse are modern families?’
- Religion and beliefs – ‘What role does religion play in our society?’
- Research methods – ‘What is the most useful way to research social interactions?’
- Education – ‘Why does money determine the quality of education you receive?’
The course is assessed solely through examinations which you take at the end of year 13:
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (2h) 33.3% of total A level
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (2h) 33.3% of total A level
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2h) 33.3% of total A level
Additional Course Entry Requirements
Students need to achieve a grade 6 or higher in English.
Progression and career opportunities
Many of our students go on to study at University level. Possible career opportunities include: social work, teaching, community development work, social policy making, law and justice, human resources officer, public relations officer, social researcher, writer, journalism.