Sociology is study of social behaviour, or society. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does. They study the way that both behaviour and opportunities can be influenced by age, social class, age, gender and race.
Studying A level Sociology will help you understand the ways in which individual lives are shaped by social institutions such as the media, the education system and religion. You will also study important contemporary problems such as poverty, religious extremism and crime. Through the study of Sociology, you will develop a range of transferable skills, including the ability to construct and deconstruct arguments both orally and written, analyse information critically and present information logically.
You will also study both qualitative and quantitative research methods, so that you are able to statistically analyse data as well as understand how to undertake questionnaires and interviews.
Jobs directly related to studying sociology at degree level include being a family support worker, social worker, youth worker, teacher and an international aid worker. In addition, a Sociology qualification provides you with skills and knowledge which are useful in a wide range of areas including a probation officer, human resources officer, charity fundraiser and a public relations officer.
The Course and Its Structure
This course assumes no prior Sociology knowledge. Some students may have a GCSE in Sociology, but most will not, and they are not disadvantaged. Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of Sociology through a range of topics. At the end of two years you will sit three examinations:
Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods 2 hours examination 80 marks
Paper 2 Topics in Sociology: Families and Households Beliefs in Society 2 hours examination 80 marks
Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hours examination 80 marks
The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE apply. A minimum of 4 in English Language is needed to study Sociology at A Level.
To find out more about the A Level course, click here, to visit the AQA website.