In asking questions in Sociology A level, you will look at the major theoretical perspectives that have
shaped our thinking about the social world around us from those that defend and validate the social world we live in, such as functionalism, to those that offer a radical challenge to the world we live and its claim to be a just society, such as Marxism and feminism.
In Year 12, you will look at the role and purpose of education, including vocational education and
training, in contemporary society. Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society. The application of sociological research methods to the study of education with particular reference to the economy and to state policies. Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life-course, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures.
In Year 13, you will study different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control. The
social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime. On top of this, you will study either the different beliefs in society, which is based largely on the role of religion in contemporary society, or the sociology of the media.
Beyond A level
The GCE in Sociology qualifies for UCAS points. It gives candidates a wide choice of progression
options into further study, training, or relevant employment. Candidates who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees in areas such as: Community development worker, counsellor, further education lecturer, social researcher, social worker, charity fundraiser, housing manager/officer, human resources officer, primary school teacher, probation officer, secondary school teacher, youth worker.
It is not necessary that you have studied Sociology at GCSE. To take the course, it is strongly recommended to have achieved GCSEs at grade 5 or higher in English Language. What is absolutely required though is that you have an interest in society and debating.