Sociology is a broad ranging subject that attempts to
explain human behaviour, exploring the extent to which individuals’ life chances
are shaped by their wealth, gender and ethnicity. Along the way students will
find out some extremely interesting facts about modern Britain and the wider
world; they will learn that our society is full of hidden injustices and
encounter some very radical views on topical social issues.
Modules include Families and Households, Education, Global
Development and Crime and Deviance.
The study of Research Methods also runs throughout the
Students will enjoy Sociology if they have a genuine
interest in finding out how society works, the causes of social problems and
their potential solutions.
The course will help to develop a growing sense of social
responsibility with an emphasis on how wider society and world issues influence
our relationships with others.
Students should enjoy sharing ideas and interacting with
others and have a high standard of written communication. They should also have
the ability to both think and work independently.
A Level Sociology will consist of eight elements taught over
two academic years:
- Families and Households
- Research Methods Education
- Research Methods in the context of Education
- Education with Theory and Methods
- Beliefs in Society
- Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
A Level Sociology will be assessed by three exam papers, all
at the end of the second academic year incorporating the two years of
- Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (2 hour
written exam, 80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
- Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Families and Households
and Beliefs in Society (2 hour written exam, 80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
- Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2
hour written exam, 80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
The exam board for Sociology is AQA.
Assessment will be by three exam papers (each 2 hours in
length) at the end of the second academic year.
Course Specific Trips & Visits
Sociology students have the opportunity to take part in a
variety of course related trips. In the last couple of years, these have
- A visit to the Newbridge Conference on Crime and
Deviance at which ex-offenders and criminal justice professionals speak about
their experiences of crime
- A visit to the annual Women of the World Conference,
which students have the chance to engage with some of the world’s leading
- Humanities trip to the USA (New York and Washington DC)
in October 2019
Career Opportunities & Further Study
Sociology is a well respected and valued subject by
employers, hence Sociology graduates are highly sought after by many
professions. Sociology prepares students especially well for careers in Business
and Management, the Voluntary and Charitable sectors, Teaching, Social Work, The
Police Force, Social Research and International Development, as well as other
professions that require the ability to analyse and synthesise, to write with
purpose and to argue and present a case well.
Students who have an initial interest in doing a degree in
the Social Sciences may want to consider Sociology’s cognate disciplines:
Criminology, International Development, Anthropology and Social
Throughout the course we try to answer questions such as:
- How has the family changed?
- What leads people to commit crimes?
- Is religion still important today?
- What is mental illness?
Studying Sociology also involves looking at human action
from a range of different perspectives and students are encouraged to see the
world from many different angles. Students are encouraged to work together and
use evidence to assess which point of view is the most
Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need
to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at
Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted
on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
Students should meet the following minimum GCSE
- Grade 5 in English Language OR
- Grade 4 in English Language and 5 in English Literature