Sociology explores society and the interaction between institutions and individuals. You will explore how sociologists use a range of research methods to gather data; you will then critique those methods.
Sociology enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the way society works and to explore the power struggles within society.
In Year 1 you will study areas that you are already familiar with: Families and Households and Education. You will then look at these areas with a sociological gaze and begin to realise that the power relations in society have a huge impact on the ability of individuals to succeed. Why is it that 7% of the population attend private schools and yet account for approximately 60% of top professional careers?
In Year 2 the foci are: The Media: Who owns it? How much does it influence our identity? Is surveillance capitalism a real phenomena? Also, Crime and Deviance: why are crimes committed? Why are some crimes reported more than others; how does the nature of deviance change over time?
All study areas are changing continuously and you will be encouraged to ensure that you too ‘keep up to date’ by exploring the news on a range of platforms but also to question, critique and consider who benefits from the way the news is presented.
A GCSE grade 5 in English Language.,Our general entry requirements to study 3 A-Levels or any mixed level 3 programme are: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and/or Maths at grade 5. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply. Our general entry requirements to study 4 A-Levels are: 6 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and Maths at grade 6. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply.
You will be assessed by examination for all of your four units. All exams take place at the end of year two. Students are given one homework per week throughout the course.
A full A-Level qualification in Sociology
This course can provide a pathway to employment or Higher Education. The traditional occupation for sociology students has been social work or another form of public sector welfare work. However, in practice, sociology students go into a much wider range of jobs, including human resource management.
All course materials are provided on our virtual learning environment ilearn