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Sociology AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society, people and their behaviour. Sociologists create theories to explain human behaviour and the workings of society. The subject is evidence-based which means that the sociologist's personal opinion must be backed up by facts about society. Sociologists, therefore, collect evidence methodically and systematically by carrying out research to establish whether their theories are correct.

Sociology examines human social life and the structures we are all part of, or come into contact with. These include the family, education, the media, the criminal justice system and religious organisations. Sociology is about questioning and examining the assumptions on which our everyday lives are based.

Course content

In the first year, you will study the compulsory topics of Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods. You will then progress to study Crime and Deviance.

In the second year, students will be expected to show more range and depth of knowledge and understanding than in their first year, together with more highly developed skills in analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A* ‐ C English Language at grade B or better and Mathematics at a C grade or better

Future opportunities

Sociology is a respected A level and allows students to go on to study a variety of courses at university and enter a range of careers such as the law, journalism, marketing, social work, teaching and the media. Many large companies and charities employ sociologists to help predict future trends and assist in product development.

Further information

Further reading:

Sociology for AS AQA Polity - K Browne

Sociology for A2 AQA Polity - S Moore

Sociology for AQA Collins - S Moore

Sociology AS for AQA Collins Educational (2nd Edition) - S Moore

Sociology for A2 level Collins Educational - S Moore

Haralambos and Holborn Sociology: Themes and Perspectives (7th edition) - Collins

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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