Sociology

AS & A-level
What are the main features of this course?

Sociology is an illuminating field that analyses and explains important matters in our personal lives, local communities and the wider world. You will learn how and why society operates as we know it, inequalities between social groups and the role of broader society in shaping the individual. The course examines societal development in relation to our culture and identity, and the vital role of family.

Year 1 examines sociological research skills linked to social inequality.

Year 2 focuses more closely on inequality and power, particularly in relation to education. Debates are introduced through the study of globalisation and the digital world.

Hours of lessons per week: 5
Indicative group size: 22
How is the course assessed?

The course is examination based with three exams at the end of second year for a full A-level. Students will also sit two AS exams at the end of the first year, which won’t count towards the final A Level grade but will be used for progress monitoring and support purposes.

Who should study this course?

This course is designed for those with a strong interest in studying how society evolves and operates. A desire to learn new theories is crucial alongside an active interest in current affairs. Whether you’re already active in the push for equality or want to understand the reasons behind social divisions, the benefits of studying sociology stretch beyond academia and will reshape your outlook on every aspect of life. Sociology A Level particularly compliments Criminology, Psychology, Law, Religious Studies, History and Geography courses.

Where can I go next?

The majority of Sociology A-level students progress to Higher Education to study a wide variety of subjects at university, such as Sociology, Social Studies, Psychology, Law, Business, Journalism, Marketing, Politics and Film Studies. Your future career path may lie in journalism, marketing, law, civil service, social work, charity, research or teaching.

Sociology is always sparking interesting conversations and ideas with both my teachers and peers, particularly when discussing theories of Feminism, Postmodernism, Marxism etc.

Owen A Level Sociology Student