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A-Level Sociology


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Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: grade 5 or above in English and Humanities subjects

Why study Sociology?

Why do some people do well at school and others fail? Is the single-parent household now the new norm? What is the impact of divorce on children? How does the media control us? How are criminals ‘made’ by society? Is prison an effective deterrent? Does it matter if the same people own all our social media?

If you've ever spent time thinking about these difficult questions and would like to explore different theories that seek to provide answers to them, then sociology could be for you.

Sociology is the study of groups in society. Sociologists seek to make life better by exploring common social issues and problems, coming up with theories as to why these happen and thinking up potential solutions. Sociology looks at different groups such as gender groups, different ages, social classes and ethnicities and seeks to explain why these groups behave the way that they do.

If you study sociology you will be able to become autonomous in your learning, hone your analysis and evaluation skills and not only learn about different research methods but apply them, including collecting and working with data. You will be able to demonstrate your analytical skills and use them to explain ideas and data.

Beware, it will require a lot of essay work from you, but it will be mightily rewarding! Are you ready for the challenge?

What does the course involve?

Where will Sociology lead me post Sixth Form?

Sociology is useful for a range of Social and Political Sciences, Criminology, Police, Army, Arts and Healthcare related degrees including: Childhood Studies, Media Studies, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Sports Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech Therapy and Social Work.

For more information: Please contact Miss Pickering: louise.pickering@sirthomasfremantle.or