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The Basics

Gain a different view and understanding of the influence and functioning of society through the study of the development and structure of society.

Is this course for me?

Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of human society; exploring how and why society and the human experience are interlinked with one another.

What will I learn?

In A Level Sociology you will cover a variety of modules, these include:

Families and Households: Focuses on the roles and functions of the family and how this institution impacts on society as a whole.

Education: Explores how key factors, such as: gender, social class and ethnicity, impact on children’s experience, performance and achievement within education.

Crime and Deviance: Examines criminal and deviant behaviour from a variety of sociological perspectives and questions the different roles/ purposes it performs within society.

Sociology Perspectives and Theories: In sociology there are a variety of approaches and theories to explain the interaction between the individual and society. You will develop a clear understanding of the different perspectives
and how they support or challenge each
other’s views.

Anything else I need to know?

At the end of the second year, you will be externally assessed with three formal examinations. Throughout your study of Sociology, you will develop transferable skills that can be used across your A Level study. These include skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation, which will allow you to construct and articulate discussions within both verbal and written work.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements: Standard A Level entry criteria, including grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Future opportunities

A variety of different career paths can be explored, such as: Criminal and Probationary Services, Local Government and Civil Service, Welfare and Social Service, Education and Teaching.

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