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Sociology A level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

This subject is offered as an A Level course. Sociology entails the scientific study of human society. Sociology is the systematic study of human groups and social life in modern societies. It is a subject which looks at how people lead their lives and how they communicate with one another. It investigates social areas such as Education, the Family, Power and Politics, Crime and Deviance, Poverty, the Media, Religion and Methodology.

Methodology introduces us to the use of research methods, something which is of great importance in higher education. The study of Sociology leads to the understanding of complex issues and it is a good basis for university level study in all disciplines. This course requires a desire on the part of the student to evaluate society and its structures. It is essential, therefore, that you take an active interest in current affairs.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a C grade at GCSE English and Mathematics to take this course.


The course allows for AS and A level classes to be co-teachable. Students could gain an AS qualification in Sociology at the end of Year 12 after sitting two examinations or they could instead carry their learning into Year 13 where they would sit several examinations and receive an A level qualification.

The Sociology course is assessed through examinations. Students taking the AS/A Level course will study a range of topics which may include:

- family, including its changing pattern and government policies;
- education, including the hidden curriculum and government policies;
- research methods, such as ethical issues and observations;
- theories, such as functionalism, Marxism and feminism;
- religion, including secularisation and cults;
- culture, including ethnic diversity and its effect on modern life;
- health, including the impact of the NHS and welfare policies;
- crime, including the effects of social class and age.

Future opportunities

Many students who study Sociology go on to university to study Criminology or Sociology. Both degrees offer graduates a wide choice of future employment opportunities such jobs in Higher Education or in Social Services such as Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Counselling and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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