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Sociology A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Have you ever wondered about the causes behind the important issues in our society? Sociology seeks to answer these questions by studying human social relationships and institutions within society. Sociology explores important contemporary issues in society such as, why do gender differences exist in educational achievement? Which social groups commit the most crime and why? Sociologists are typically motivated to develop theories that better our understanding of society, its institutions, individuals and social groups. Through the use of the sociological imagination students are invited to scrutinise theories and assess their relevance. Students will gain a greater understanding of factors and processes taking place around them that have a direct impact on them and the society in which they live. In doing this, Sociology aims to question ‘taken for granted’ assumptions and ‘commonsense’ views about society.

Sociology requires you to be critical and open-minded, taking into account various different perspectives, for instance Marxism and Labelling theory. The teaching of Sociology is innovative, with a range of methods being employed, ranging from, independent research activities, group work, classroom discussion, presentations and regular exam style assessments that build on essay writing skills.

Course content

Education/Theory and Methods: 33.3% of A-Level 2 hour exam.

Crime and Deviance/Theory and Methods: 33.3% of A-Level 2 hour exam.

Families and Household/Beliefs in Society: 33.3% of A-Level 2 hour exam.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE’s including a C in English language

We do not require students to have studied any particular subjects to get onto the course however, having good essay writing, analytical and critical thinking skills  are necessary. Sociology also requires a lot of reading and keeping up to date with current affairs and policy changes. 


Sociology is 100% exam assessed, NO coursework.  In order to prepare students for their end of year examinations, they will complete exam style questions at the end of each topic, under timed conditions.  You will receive thorough feedback on each piece of assessed work and be invited to attend revision workshops throughout the course of the year to build confidence in subject knowledge, exam and study skills. 

Progress will be tracked and students   are expected to take responsibility and ensure they progress to their best potential.  In the Sociology department, we foster an ethos of ambition and excellence, through encouraging students to aim high and undertake wider reading around the subject from a range of different sources, which are made readily available. 

Financial information

Students will be required to purchase a textbook for each year of the course which will be available to buy through the college. 

Future opportunities

Sociology students at St Charles go on to a diverse range of degree courses and careers. Studying Sociology will allow you to gain a wide range of valuable skills that can be applied to a variety of careers. Sociology will give you a competitive edge in the job market, it will provide you with a strong academic background and make you more socially adept.

Students who study Sociology are not limited to but can work in the following areas; sociologists can help businesses understand consumer culture in order to inspire tomorrow’s new product.  They can work in public relations which involves maintaining a favorable public image of a company or an organization.  Other professions include; journalism, polie force, social work, teaching, health services – the list is endless.

There is also a wide variety of opportunities in all aspects of social research, such as youth services, criminal justice system, education etc…

Further information

Along with an immensely challenging and exciting discipline, you will be given the opportunity to experience the social world first hand and have guest speaks come in and speak with you:

  • An annual Criminology Conference in central London
  • Revision conferences in London
  • Speakers from different religions who will talk about their beliefs
  • Annual trip to New York City

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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