This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in the study of societies. Sociology is one of the ‘social sciences’, a group that also includes Anthropology, Economics and Psychology. It attempts to describe and explain people’s social behaviour and seeks answers to questions such as: • How can millions of people live together and yet avoid chaos? • Under what circumstances do societies change? • Why are some rich while others are poor? • What are the causes of crime? • Are we really free or is our behaviour controlled? • Why do people commit suicide? • Do the mass media reflect opinions or do they create them? • Why is it men rather than women who seem to gain positions of power and influence? • What are the implications for society of increasing divorce and illegitimacy?
All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 5 or above) in academic subjects, including GCSE English Language, of which two must be B grades (grade 6).
Sociology involves studying subjects such as:
Families and Households (including topics such as: Divorce, Domestic Violence, and Why are so many women opting to be child-free?)
Education Theory and Research Methods (including topics such as: Are girls really doing better than boys? How can teachers label students? How does your ethnicity or class affect your experience at school?).
Beliefs in Society (topics include: Why do people join cults? Why is fundamentalism increasing? Why are women de-valued in religion?)
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (which involves the further study of research methods as well as topics such as: Why do people commit suicide? Why is crime increasing? What makes people kill, rob or beat? Domestic violence).
Assessment is by examinations that may include short answer questions and extended writing.
Sociology is a subject that is accepted at all universities on most courses. Many students who take A Level Sociology go on to university to study it as their major choice.
Many students who undertake a career in social services, social policy, teaching, business, the civil service, the police, etc, find the study of sociology invaluable to their understanding.
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