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Sociology A Level at Appleby Grammar School

Course description

Imagine you have a decision to make. Think of all the people or organisations that might influence your decision, e.g. FAMILY, FRIENDS, TEACHERS, MEDIA and LAWS. Now think of all the divisions in society that might mean you are more or less likely to succeed than others, e.g. GENDER, CLASS, ETHNICITY, WEALTH and ABILITY.

Sociologists study all of these influences and ask why different groups of people have such different life chances. We ask questions like: “Why do girls do better in school than boys?” “Why do more women start divorce proceedings than men?” “Why are poor people less likely to go to university?” “Are we all being brainwashed by the media?” “Why are black people over-represented in prisons?”

Sociology is a social science, so it fits well with any of the courses on offer.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of 5 A*- C grades at GCSE (B grades or above preferred). More importantly you need to have an open and enquiring mind and be interested in the world around you. You must also be prepared to work very hard in class and at home, take part in class discussions and use your initiative.


We follow the AQA syllabus and study the topics of Family and households, Education with Theory and Methods, Mass Media and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. Students will sit three exams in Year 13.

Future opportunities

You will find Sociology useful if you are interested in working in any of the following areas: police force and legal profession, health and social care professions, education, journalism, running your own business, customer services or any job that involves working with people.

Sociology will be well regarded by the universities you apply to. This is because admissions tutors know you will be able to apply your knowledge to many curriculum areas and that you will have developed the skills of analysis, evaluation and interpretation.

Of course, Sociology is also useful for anyone who lives in a family, watches TV or who wants to understand how the world around them works – almost everyone!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Appleby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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