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Sociology at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Are our beliefs, desires and choices the product of society or is society the product of our beliefs, desires and choices? If the answer to this question interests you, then you should consider Sociology A Level. Sociology is the scientific study of society and all the social relationships and institutions that exist within it. It is a fascinating and challenging A Level, perfect for the enquiring mind.

Who would it suit?

The person who will succeed as a sociologist is someone who is not afraid to challenge or defend their views, someone who is open to new ideas and not scared of forming new opinions. If you feel that this is you and that you are a diligent student and can communicate your ideas well, then you should definitely take Sociology A Level.

“Whatever sociology may be, it is the result of constantly asking the question, what is the meaning of this?” C. Wright Mills.

*This is a reformed A Level

Course content

During your first year of study you will gain a broad understanding of what studying sociology entails by looking at what makes up one’s culture and identity, and by honing various data collection and interpretation skills. You will explore key debates such as, are we a product of nature or nurture? This is further explored through the existence of inequality in society and how it is tackled through sociological research and exploration. During the second year of study, you will take a fascinating journey into the world of crime and deviance and then use your skills to investigate globalisation and the digital social world and how this is explored through different sociological domains. 


The examinations will be a mixture of short, medium and essay-length questions, focusing on practical information, as well as the analytical skills learned that year.

Future opportunities

The skills taught in sociology are invaluable in a whole range of careers, from criminal justice to the media, from marketing to teaching. Universities value the critical thinking and analytical skills that you will learn as a sociologist.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities visits to sociological institutions, outside speakers, career development talks and conferences.

Who to contact for more advice?

Ms Calverley & Miss Shearman

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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