Sociology A Level
About the course
Why is society unequal? What social structures are in place that guide our society? If you want to look at the world we live in through the institutions and beliefs that guide it, this intensive two-year course may be for you.
• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language
• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)
• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
You will study different sociological perspectives on the core themes of socialisation, social inequality, culture, identity, power and control. You will explore how social class, gender and ethnicity affect life chances and the nature of the relationship between the individual and society. You will learn about these themes through studying topic areas such as: Education, Work, Poverty, Welfare, Families & Households, Crime, Deviance and Beliefs in Society. You will also study sociological research methods to gain an understanding of how sociologists conduct research into society.
Assessment is by classwork, key assignments and three final exams at the end of the two year course.
Sociology equips you with a range of skills and knowledge, which are good preparation for degrees in a wide variety of Humanities and Social Sciences courses. It is an excellent subject for developing your ability to think critically and analytically about social issues.