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Sociology AS/A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

Sociology is the ‘study of society’ and it is a very popular A Level at the school. The term ‘society’ refers to the world around you, your community, your country, and all the different people and groups that exist, with their different cultures, beliefs, values, languages, religions etc.

It gives students the chance to study and understand why things are the way they are, and why people behave in certain ways. Examples of issues that students look at include: Why do some people commit crime? Why do girls do much better at school than boys? Why are we seeing an increase in divorce and a decrease in people getting married? Why is there so much inequality and poverty in the country? 

Sociology gives students with an interest in social issues, social justice and current affairs the opportunity to gain a valuable understanding and insight into how society works and how the structures and processes in society, inevitably shape who we are, how we behave and many other aspects of our lives and life chances. 

Course content

At AS and A2 Level, students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a range of topics and issues within sociology. It provides students with a strong base of sociological knowledge, which they can then develop further at degree level if they chose to study sociology at university.

The topics that students cover at AS are:

• Family, Education & Research methods

The topics that students cover at A2 are:

• Religion, Crime and deviance, Sociological theories and Sociology as a science

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including a grade 5 in English Language

Future opportunities

Sociology is a good foundation subject as the knowledge you learn can be applied to all aspects of society. Sociology can led to a job in teaching, social work, the police force etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alec Reed Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016

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