What is this course about?

The course will be of interest to anyone who is interested in understanding human behaviour and how society influences groups of people such as gender, social class, sexuality, disability, ethnicity and criminal groups. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects with the most up to date changes in society including the recent developments of social media and digital technology. The course is studied over two years.

How you will be assessed?

The course is assessed by three exams which are completed at the end of the two year course. They are equally weighted.

What you will study?

Unit 1 -You will look at the themes of culture, socialisation and identity. You will look at the influence of factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and social class in shaping our sense of who we are. You will consider how we learn as individuals to behave in society and conform. The second part of this unit is the focus is on youth in society. It considers what is happening to youths in contemporary UK including their involvement in crime and the problems youths might face.

Unit 2 -You will look at how sociologists carry out their research in society using a range of methods, specifically applied to researching social inequalities that different groups experience in the UK. The last part of the unit is trying to explain why different groups experience such social inequalities including gender, ethnicity, social class and age inequalities.

Unit 3 -This unit looks at crime in society and the impact on society. This unit will also investigate the impact of social media on contemporary society.

What will it prepare you for?

A level Sociology is a highly valued qualification. It will enable students to gain access to higher education and may help students gain employment in public service provision e.g. Education, Nursing, Youth Work, Social Work, Counselling and Housing Provision.

Sociology will enable you to develop an array of different skills that will support further education and or apprenticeships.

Subject entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade 5 in English or above.