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Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to education, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

Unifying the study of these diverse subjects is sociology’s purpose: understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Mrs Almond
Head of Sociology
jalmond@dsfc.unity-ed.uk

“Despite having no prior experience of studying sociology before Year 12, it has quickly become my favourite subject and opened my eyes to what I want to do in the future. Learning about topics such as education has greatly impacted how I perceive society and opened my mind a lot more. Additionally, it is a very interesting subject that allows conversation and debate within the classroom. Looking back, I wish I had given myself the chance to explore the topics in more depth as we studied them.” (Sofia)

The Course
Sociology can be an excellent subject to study alongside other humanities subjects. It develops skills such as analysis, evaluation and literacy. This makes it an ideal subject when applying to university and people with an A Level in Sociology have gone on to study degrees in Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Social Policy, Media, Criminology, Law and History.

Sociology is extremely topical and will suit those who take a critical interest in the world around them. We follow the AQA specification, a course that provides an excellent and broad introduction to sociology.

Over the two years of the A Level you will study the following:

  • Families and households
  • Education and research methods
  • The mass media
  • Crime and deviance
  • Theory and methods
Destinations of some of our A Level Sociology students:

Past students have gone on to study Sociology; Psychology; Geography; Law; Primary Education; Nursing; Drama; and Philosophy at universities such as Durham, Kent, UEA, Essex, Southampton, Leeds and Loughborough.

Assessment
You will sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of the two year course.

Entry Requirements
Minimum 65444 including Level 5 in English Language or Literature GCSE.

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