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Sociology : A Level at Gateway College

Course description

Sociology is the study of human relationships and behaviour. It explains the behaviour of individuals by looking at ideas based on our membership of social groups, such as families, schools and the workplace. It is an exciting, thought-provoking subject highly relevant to contemporary life. Through doing presentations you will learn how to present ideas orally and in writing, and develop strong research and IT skills. You will also be able to apply theoretical Sociological perspectives to everyday life.

Course content

The course will be mainly classroom based but will be enhanced with trips both locally and further afield. There will be an opportunity for students to participate in trips to Europe with other Social Science students.

“Young people who have studied Sociology are in fact highly valued across a wide range of workplaces and professions today.” John Williams.

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at grade 9-5 including English Language and Maths. A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 6.


OCR Exam Board

100% Examination

Topics Covered:

H580/01 – Socialisation, culture and identity – 90 minutes exam

H580/02 – Researching and understanding social inequalities – 2 hour 15 minutes exam

H580/03 – Debates in contemporary society – 2 hour 15 minutes exam

Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

By studying Sociology you will develop lots of transferable skills, including communication, teamwork, working to deadlines, making reasoned arguments and thinking creatively. Having a good understanding of human relationships can be a bonus in a range of careers. Sociology students can be found across all sectors including the Media and Arts.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please visit our website at or see our prospectus.

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: 06 October 2017
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