Sociology A Level

Departmental contact

Mrs Walkden – [email protected]

Examining board & Qualification

AQA – A LEVEL

Entry requirements

Please see current prospectus for further information

Students say

“Sociology lessons are enjoyable and I like learning about different social issues such as poverty and class differences.”

“The course is so diverse and it is applicable to social situations in the real world. I would recommend Sociology to anyone.”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

The aim of the Sociology Department is to teach students the concepts, theories, and methods of Sociology. To introduce students to the basic social processes of society, social institutions and patterns of social behaviour and to train students to understand and to interpret objectively the role of social processes, social institutions and social interactions in their lives.

If you are interested in the people and the world around you then this may be the course for you. If you think that it is unfair that some have nothing whilst others live a life of luxury then this course will go some way to explaining the causes behind that. It is a challenging yet highly interesting course.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

  • Empathy, understanding as well as the ability to debate about the current issues that are going on in society.
  • Essay writing skills and the evaluation skills necessary to be successful at many other subject areas.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Unit 1 – Education with Theory and Methods – to include topics such as:

  • Marxism
  • Feminism
  • Postmodernism

Unit 2 – Topics in Sociology – to include topics such as:

  • Poverty, welfare & work
  • Beliefs in society

Unit 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – to include topics such as:

  • The relationship between gender, ethnicity, class and crime

View the Sociology Curriculum Map

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

100% exam at the end of Year 13.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

Due to the topics studied and skills developed, Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want to work in careers such as nursing, social work, medicine, advertising, journalism, law and teaching amongst others.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

Trips to sociology conferences, with other sociology students from around the country.

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