The sociology course is a 2 year A level course that explores the nature of human society and the issues and problems central to it. Studying sociology gives an insight into social and cultural issues. It will help you develop a critical mind-set that explores issues from different perspectives, promoting an open-minded, analytical approach. With questions like, ‘who commits crime and why?’ you will find that there are many different ways of exploring this. Sociology is a beautiful discipline that stirs the imagination in a dynamic way that is engaging and rewarding. It also helps develop a host of research, thinking and writing skills that will serve you in many areas of life.
A level Assessment (full A level)
- Paper 1 – Education with Methods – 33% 2hr written exam
- Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology (Families and Households & Beliefs in Society) – 33% 2hr written exam
- Paper 3 – Crime & Deviance (with Theory and Methods) – 33% 2 hr exam
AS level Assessment (for 1 Year students)
- Component 1 – Education with Methods in Context – 50% 1hr 30min written exam
- Component 2 – Research Methods & Families and Households – 50% 1hr 30min written exam
Sociology will take you into a host of careers that involve people in society. It is a subject pursued by many entering professions like social work, nursing, medicine and the law. Those interested in joining the police force or teaching will also find this an essential subject. Beyond the obvious careers, it is also useful in areas such as journalism, marketing and advertising.