Sociology

Sociology

Sociology

Sociology is the study of how structures within society affect our behaviour. Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. ... At the personal level, sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such things as racial and gender identity, family conflict, deviant behaviour, aging, and different educational achievement.   

Why choose sociology?

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families and social power. More than once during the course you're bound to ask yourself the question, "why has society developed like this? With poverty, ignorance, crime and injustice."

We follow the AQA specification over two years.

There are three examinations sat at the end of the second year.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

What's assessed

·         Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks

·         Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks

Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks

Assessed

·         2 hour written exam

·         80 marks

·         33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

What's assessed

Section A: Family and Households - extended writing, 40 marks

Section B: Stratification - extended writing, 40 marks

Assessed

·         2 hour written exam

·         80 marks

·         33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

What's assessed

Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks

Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks

Assessed

·         2 hour written exam

·         80 marks

·         33.3% of A-level

What can I do after A level Sociology?

Possible degree options

According to ‘bestcourse4me.com', the top six degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in sociology are:

• Sociology

• Psychology

• English studies

• Business studies

• Law

• Teaching.

What careers can lead on from Sociology?

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. But the subject is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law, civil service, or teaching. 

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