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  • Sixth Form

    A-level Sociology

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    Sociology is the study of society, people and their behaviour. Sociologists create theories to explain behaviour and the workings of society.  “The sociologist is the person who is intensively, endlessly, shamelessly interested in the doings of men” (Berger). Sociologists have differing theories and engage in debate that can be controversial. Understanding these viewpoints and reaching judgements is part of the study. In other words, Sociology is not just an “ology”, it is relevant, academic, contemporary and interesting. 

    Course Content

    Education with Theory and Methods

    • education
    • methods in context
    • theory and methods

    Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

    • crime and deviance
    • theory and methods

    Topics in Sociology

    One topic to be chosen from each option

    • Option 1: culture and identity
    • Option 2: the media

    Assessment

    Three two hour written examinations, each worth 80 marks/one third of the full A-level.

    Careers and Progression

    Sociology can be used in a multitude of career options after further education. It develops a useful range of employable skills for further study at degree level or vocational training including effective communication; collaborative and independent learning; research, analysis and evaluation, and presentation skills. Career opportunities are wide ranging including social researcher, policy and planning for government agencies, charities and pressure groups; work in the media and cultural organisations, public services such as police, health and welfare providers, teaching and legal professions. Commercial organisations employ sociologists to research for advertising, marketing and retail industries.

    Entrance Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English