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A Level Sociology at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

People make lots of decisions in the course of living every day. But we make these decisions within the context of “society;” our family, school, nation and the larger world.

Are you curious about why things are as they are? Do you want to make the world a better place?

Are you a people watcher who enjoys seeing what others do and how they react to various situations?

Are you fascinated by the customs and cultures of people who differ from you?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, you may have what it takes to become a sociologist!

By studying AS Sociology you will:

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of the way society works and of how the members of society interact with each other;
  • Use sociological theories to explain social problems and issues such as crime, education, inequality and poverty;
  • Develop an understanding of the methods used by sociologists to find out about the social world;
  • Reflect on your own experience of the social world in which we live;
  • Develop skills which you will be able to use in other subjects and in your wider social life;
  • Be able to apply your knowledge of sociology to everyday life and, as a result, become more aware of the many ways in which we are all different.


AS/A2 Level   AQA Board Specification A

Two AS exams.

One in January (1hr) and one mid-May or early in June (2hrs).

Future opportunities

Your A level in Sociology will equip you with many transferable skills that you can use in other subjects and in other areas of your life.  Most degree courses include some Sociology, e.g:

Medicine & Nursing – the Sociology of Health

History – Social and economic history

English – the social context of novels, feminism in the novel, the development of language

 There are also many degree courses where an A level in Sociology will be really helpful, if not essential:

Sociology, Social Policy and Administration, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Law, American Studies, Psychology, Anthropology etc

Sociology also opens doors to many areas of employment:

Social researcher, Counsellor, Community worker, Probation Officer, Social worker, Charity fundraiser, Primary or Secondary school teacher, FE Lecturer, Retail Manager, Local Councillor, Journalist, TV researcher, Political researcher, Police Officer or even an agent for MI5!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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