Sociology

Is Sociology the subject for you?

Yes, if you are interested in studying and researching how society works? Why does society treat you differently because of your gender; class; culture? Is everyone able to access education freely? Why is crime and deviance on the increase in certain areas?

Course content

Students study three units in total. At AS level students focus on studying education, families and households and research methods. Students address questions such as ‘does belonging to a different social class/ethnicity affect your right to education?” “Why does birth rate change across different social groups?”. Other options include culture and identity, and wealth, poverty and welfare. At A’ level students study education, beliefs in society - where they look at the relationship between different social groups and religious organisations and movements. Crime and deviance involves looking at the social distribution of crime according to age, gender, ethnicity and social class. The theory and methods unit involves looking at the nature of science and the extent to which sociology can be regarded as scientific. AS Sociology will be examined by two papers at the end of the AS year. A’ level sociology will be examined by three papers at the end of the two year course.

Methods of study

A range of methods of study are used including group work, discussions, presentations, peer teaching and independent study. You will be expected to take an active part in lessons as well as complete regular homework and assessment activities.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Studying Sociology provides an excellent grounding for numerous careers including human resources, advertising, law and social work. Most universities offer a range of Sociology degrees, both single and joint honours. Most sociology degrees will have similar content in the first year and then allow students to specialise in later years.