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Sociology is a vibrant and exciting subject that will require you to think differently about the society in which we live. We all hold common sense views on the various everyday things that make up our society; crime is rising, teenager pregnancies are increasing, religion is in decline, and education is failing many of its students. In this course we will look behind these headline ideas, challenge orthodox views, and examine the interesting and complex workings of society. Instead of thinking 'What has happened?' think 'Why did that happen?'
Sociology opens up a world of opportunities. The Home office and The Criminal Justice System including the Police Force, Prison Service, are gradually moving towards making the study of Psychology, Sociology or Criminology a pre-requisite for employment. Sociology is available for study at all major universities and graduates go on to work in politics, media and the Criminal Justice System.
Sociology is currently only available at KS5.
Sociology is an evidence based discipline so our ideas and theories have to be backed by facts about society. Sociologists collect data and information by using a variety of research methods. The course is demanding and as such requires a lot of work from each of its students. You will need to be organised, motivated and enthusiastic and most importantly open to new ideas and concepts.
Key Stage 5
A LEVEL Sociology is a two year linear course. There is no course work requirement.
Y12– students will study:
Y13 – students will study:
(AQA examination board)
Students at the end of year 13 will sit three separate 2 hour exams, each exam is 80 marks and each paper represents a third of the A level qualification.