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A Level Sociology at Sawtry Village Academy

Course description

Sociology is the science of society, a way of analysing both individual and group behaviour. Sociologists attempt to understand both the causes AND consequences of key societal problems such as the nature of culture and identity in a globalized world, educational underachievement, the influence of the media and the rise of criminal behaviour.

Sociology students engage with real world issues and problems and acquire a range of different theoretical explanations of the way society functions. These range from traditional theories such as Functionalism Feminism and Marxism to the latest Postmodern ideas as well as contributions from academics who work most closely with the Government, such as New Right Realists.

Sociology students in year 13 engage with these issues on an international scale through the study of Global Development,  researching topics such as Aid, Debt and Population Demographics. Lessons are highly focused on theories, concepts and case studies. Students are expected to engage with these and use them to analyse and evaluate competing ideas.  

Entry requirements

Average points score of 42+ and at least grade C in GCSE English and maths.  An ability to write with fluency and clarity of thought is very important due to the emphasis placed on essay writing.

Future opportunities

A level sociology is a rigorous and demanding subject, accepted as an entry qualification by top universities such as Cambridge and the LSE (where the discipline was first taught). The high level of critical thinking which involves so many conceptual and theoretical ideas makes this an excellent preparation for the demands of university life.

The ability to integrate, synthesise and evaluate so many competing arguments about fundamental issues in today’s world makes Sociology a great entry point into a variety of careers where an understanding of societal issues is key – such as academic research, journalism, politics, teaching, the police force, legal work, social work and anything that requires a deeper understanding of the complexity of social life. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sawtry Village Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 September 2017
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  • Start date: Next September