Sociology A-Level at Kingsbridge Community College
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of society. Human beings are constantly trying to make sense of the societies in which they live. The difference between common sense and sociological thought is that sociologists use social concepts, such as socialization, culture, identity, social differentiation, power and stratification and ideology, to establish detailed theories (or explanations) about society. Such theories aim to be objective, informed and systematic. They are established through detailed research. Such explanations are critically examined and challenged by others. In this way sociological explanations evolve. The central focus of study is on UK society today with consideration given to the global context where relevant.
Why Choose Sociology?
This is an established subject in the sixth form curriculum and the results have been excellent. Sociology students develop an awareness that society is made up of a range of different groups from varied social, cultural and religious backgrounds. They are encouraged to develop an understanding that differing values and attitudes exist, and to reflect on these and their own beliefs within a sociological framework. In the words of Sociologist Michael Haralambos, “Sociology shows us how little we know about anything. This awareness is essential. From it come humility, tolerance and understanding”.
Sociology combines well with other Social Sciences , Humanities and Arts subjects such as: Psychology, Business Studies, English, History, Religious Education, Art and Theatre Studies.
What kind of student is this course suitable for?
The course will appeal to those students who:
- have an interest in current issues in our society
- want to go beyond ‘common sense’ explanations of what seems to be happening and come up with more convincing explanations of what is going on
- enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences
- enjoy a systematic approach
- are willing to consider evidence critically
- want to broaden their studies to include a social science
- want to keep their options open for higher education and careers
At least 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and Maths. Students are expected to select a minimum of 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and continue to follow a minimum of 3 subjects to A2 in Year 13.
You do not have to have Sociology GCSE to study this course but you should have GCSEs in English Language (minimum C grade)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsbridge Community College directly.