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Sociology A-level

How do we live the way we do? In terms of our existence on Earth, it was only yesterday since mankind was living in caves and the day before when we were swinging from branch to branch with other creatures. Yet we have developed into an extremely complex society, with issues and problems. So how do we as human beings live and work daily within this complicated system and structures, as individuals, tribes, communities and families?

Why Sociology?

Throughout the next two years, you will take a fascinating and exciting journey to discover some of the answers. Sociology will allow you to understand, make sense of and challenge the globalised world we live in. It will enable you to draw upon contemporary issues, for example, the ‘Black Lives Matters Movement’, ‘Me Too Movement’, cyber-crimes, the Capital riots in Washington, global gender and racial inequality, and LGBTQ+ issues.

To help you develop an understanding of these complex social and global issues we will use a variety of sources such as, the BBC, the Guardian, Discover Sociology, films (during lessons and enrichment ‘Film Society), music (during lessons and enrichment ‘Music Society’) and other platforms such as Ted lectures, as well as tailormade subject specific workbooks and online support material through Microsoft One Drive.

  • A-level Sociology is a highly respected academic discipline and is widely accepted by many universities and employers.
  • Sociology is a subject for people who would like a career in the police, probation service, law, criminology, social work, journalism, PR, management and education, for example.
  • Sociology works extremely well with other A-level subjects, such as Psychology, Law, Politics and English for example.

Any special requirements?

It is important that students have an interest in why people act in certain ways and are aware of current affairs and social issues. At least a grade 5 or 6 at GCSE English Language and or Literature. Some students may have studied sociology at GCSE, but this isn't necessary to study it at A-level. However, if students have studied GCSE Sociology, then they should have achieved at least a grade C/4.

What will I study?

Over the course of two years, you will study the following core topics:

  • Education
  • Family
  • Research Methods
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Beliefs
  • Sociological Theory

How will I be assessed?

There are three two-hour papers at the end of the two-year course.

Further information

You can find out more about the amazing world of sociology by taking a look at the following websites:

Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the Sociology Departments Purpose and Provision document here.