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A Level Sociology at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

Sociology attracts students who are interested in current affairs and issues and in the society in which we all live. We will be looking at how society and everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships. The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will be made to other cultures as well.  You will look in particular at families and households, education, the mass media and crime and deviance.

Course content

You will be involved in many different activities. You will be regularly asked to give your thoughts on the issues through debates and discussions as a whole class or in small groups. You might research on the Internet or in the library and produce your findings in a presentation or poster. You might watch documentaries and answer questions on relevant issues. You might examine studies performed by other social researchers to draw out strengths and weaknesses in their approach and conclusions. There will also be a series of homework assignments, based on the examination questions, set throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Students will need to meet the standard 6th Form entry requirements and should have achieved a minimum of a GCSE grade B in this or a related subject.  It must be stressed that Sociology is not an “easy option”. It is rigorous, and demands a dedicated and hard-working approach to the course if you are going to succeed.  As well as producing written assignments, you will be expected to read regularly and make relevant notes, take part in class discussions, watch videos and prepare and present some aspects of a topic in class.

It is important to keep abreast of current affairs by reading one of the quality newspapers, listening to or watching the news regularly and watching relevant documentaries on television as appropriate.


The course will be assessed through written examinations.

Future opportunities

Sociology can be of direct relevance and benefit to a whole host of careers, including Journalism, Nursing, Social Work, Local Government, Politics, Teaching, Advertising or Business.  Sociology is a useful qualification for a wide range of university courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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