Sociology

Qualification: A Level

Sociology is the study of society and its institutions (families, media, educational, criminal, religious and political). It investigates how people create society through their relationships and the ways in which society shapes people’s behaviour and ideas.

Sociology is a critical subject because it avoids obvious or common sense explanations of human activity, such as changes in divorce, crime, education, searching instead for explanations at a deeper level using sociological research to form evidence based opinions.

Ever wondered why the world is the way it is? Sociology could be for you.

What will I study?

Year 1

·      Families and households

·      Education

·      Research methods

Year 2

·    Sociological theory

·      Crime and deviance

·      Beliefs in society

Assessment Method

Students will sit three two-hour written examinations.

Paper 1: Education with theory and methods – 2 hours  (33% of A level)

Paper 2: Topics in sociology – 2 hours – Family and Beliefs (33% of A level)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and methods 2 hours (33% of A level)

 

Future Opportunities & Careers

Sociology is a very thought-provoking subject whose usefulness covers a wide variety of situations – academic, social, business and welfare. It is a valuable asset in many careers such as personnel, business, marketing, market research, management, politics, advertising, probation, teaching, the police force, nursing, social and welfare services and journalism.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in English Language GCSE.

 

Head of Department: Ms Tania Foley

Email: Tania.foley@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

 

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