Sociology

Sociology is the study of society and of people and their behaviour. Sociologists create theories to explain how society works and then carry out research to determine whether their theories are correct.  Thus sociology can have a very practical as well as theoretical aspect to it.

Students who study sociology enjoy the mix of academic theory, and the application of methods to specific topics.

In order to achieve the highest grades, students must learn the skills of application, analysis and evaluation, and demonstrate them in their essays.


AS Level

The topics offered at AS level are:

  • Sociological theory and methods
  • Families and Households
  • The application of methods to Education

There is no coursework and all assessment is exam based.

Two exams. Unit 1 is 1 hour and Unit 2 is 2 hours.


A2 Level

The topics offered at A2 level are:

  • Sociological theory and methods
  • The Sociology of Belief
  • Crime and Deviance
  • The application of methods to Crime and Deviance

There is no coursework and all assessment is exam based.

Two exams. Unit 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes and Unit 4 is 2 hours.


What do you need to study Sociology?

Five GCSEs (Grade C or above) which must include English and Maths at grade C or above. We also ask that you have a grade C or above in a Humanities-related subject.


What happens when you have finished?

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors. Sociology is useful for entry into market research, advertising and public relations, housing management, health care and paramedical work, computing, police, accounting and banking, retail management, teaching, tourism, catering and leisure provision.

You could also go straight into a job as the A Level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sector.


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