LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM
This course is for those who are interested in contemporary issues and debates. Sociology is a dynamic subject that will develop your understanding of people and how they are influenced by the world in which they live.
You will focus on contemporary society and through theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence, be encouraged to develop your own sociological awareness, and develop your critical thinking and analytic skills to challenge your ‘taken for granted’ assumptions about the social world.
The broad base of knowledge and understanding covered in this subject will help to enhance and encourage your intellectual skills of comprehension, interpretation, analysis and argument. We hope that your awareness of cultural diversity, knowledge of contemporary social issues, and understanding of social change, will prepare you for life itself.
Sociology works particularly well with courses like Geography, Psychology, Law and Health and Care. It will also open doors to a wide range of people centered careers. It has specific applications in Teaching, Nursing, Social Work, Police, Legal Professions, Journalism and Personnel work.
We are always looking for potential residential trips that give the students the opportunity to develop and apply their Sociological knowledge and skills. In recent years we have been to Prague, Budapest, Venice, and in 2018 visited Berlin. We also run a Sociology Society where you can discuss contemporary issues and attend a range of seminars to support the themes studied across the specification.
The study of Sociology provides an awareness of the importance of social structure and action in explaining a range of sociological issues. You are encouraged to develop your own awareness by actively engaging with the social world around you. Focusing on contemporary society, you will develop both reflective and critical thinking about the world around you and embrace respect for diversity within society.
There are three main modules you will study;
- Module 1: Education with Theory and Methods
- Module 2: Topics in Sociology (Culture and Identity & Media)
- Module 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
I decided to take Sociology based on my interest in our modern society and I now have a better understanding of the world around me. The subject is really topical and relevant to the issues surrounding us, and I have enjoyed using the knowledge from Sociology, to spark conversations outside of the classroom.
Sociology A Level Student
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.
Is there a coursework element to the course?
There is no coursework component of this course but we will prepare you ready for three written exams at the end of your second year.
Do I need any prior knowledge?
No, all you need is an interest in the world around you.