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Sociology A level at Coombeshead Academy

Course description

Sociology is the study of the way in which various groups of people work together –
and sometimes do not work so well together!
Themes such as:-
- socialisation
- social differentiation
- power and stratification
- human interaction
run throughout the course. Together these help to develop a sense of the underlying structures and systems within social groups in societies, both past and present, as well as domestically and internationally.
It is recognised that Sociology is a relatively new subject for many students, so an
initial unit on Culture, Socialisation and Identity introduces them to typical
sociological ideas and ways of thinking.

Course content

Units in Year 12 include one on “Culture and Identity” which considers changes in
British identity and culture in the post-war era.
It examines how agencies including the family, the education system, mass media
and peer groups socialise people to behave in particular ways.
It also asks whether we are living in a time of global culture with the rise of
communications technologies such as satellites and the internet.
A second Year 12 unit examined covers the sociology of education and sociological research methods.
In a sense, the purpose of both of these is to take the apparently familiar school
setting and develop an understanding of the way in which so much of what we
might take for granted is actually a result of rather complex processes, interactions,
assumptions and conventions.
Units in Year 13 build upon content and knowledge developed in Year 12. They alsoinclude a broader view of sociological theory both past and present and involve a close examination of Mass Media and Crime and Deviance within today’s global society.

Entry requirements

5 core GCSEs grade A - C English Language grade A - C
Grade B minimum in a Humanities subject (Geography, History or Philosophy and Ethics)


Examination of all units at end of each year.

Future opportunities

Sociology is an increasingly popular subject at university and is offered by a wide
range of institutions. A number of students have gone on to study it, either by itself or
combined with subjects such as Psychology or Education.
The skills of critical thinking, evaluation of differing perspectives, along with a sense of
the processes underlying the surface appearance of behaviour, are all regarded as
very important and valuable, as is the ability to write a sustained and reasoned
Sociology is recognised as a valuable subject for a range of career areas. These
include Marketing and Advertising, Law, Journalism, Teaching and a variety of
“people focused” jobs such as Social Work or Personnel Management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years