A Level - Sociology
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Sociology is the scientific study of society, which examines how individuals and groups are shaped by the social world around us.
It combines the Sciences and Humanities to explore a fascinating, contemporary and ever-changing topic.
During the A Level, you will focus on different sociological theories, ranging from classical Marxism to contemporary Feminism, and will apply these ideas and debates to modern society in order to develop a critical understanding of the way we live.
The Sociology course is based around four main areas of society:
- Families and Households: this unit explores concepts like power relationships between couples; domestic violence; the changing nature of childhood; marriage and divorce; family diversity; and the relationship between the family and politics.
- Education: here you will research anti-school subcultures and gangs; teacher labelling in the classroom; educational achievement and underachievement; the ‘hidden’ curriculum; and the role of class, gender and ethnicity in education.
- Beliefs in Society: during this part of the course, topics include the changing nature of religion; secularisation; religious fundamentalism and terrorism; and the rise of sects and cults.
- Crime and Deviance: in this topic students consider why people commit crime; the criminal justice system; gangs and subcultures; crime prevention strategies; and cybercrime.
The course also consists of Research Methods, where you will gain an in-depth knowledge of how sociological data is gathered and evaluated.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
Yes. This qualification is usually taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels or Extended Certificate qualifications. Although students select this course from a broad range of subject areas, complementary subjects include English, History, Politics, Geography, Philosophy and Psychology.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
100% written examination.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no costs associated with this course; however non-compulsory trips run as part of the course, which may incur a small cost.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body AQA