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Sociology A-Level at The Nottingham Emmanuel School

Course description

Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. It involves the systematic study and explanation of social life, groups and societies. Studying Sociology can give you new ways of seeing the world, encouraging you to question aspects of it you had previously taken for granted. Sociology can provide you with the ‘tools’ to become a better informed and more socially aware member of society.

Course content

Sociology is a wide-ranging subject involving many areas of social life, including: family and households, education, religion and crime and deviance. To enjoy Sociology you need to be interested in the world around you and have an open, enquiring mind. You will learn basic ‘theories’ or ways of looking at society and develop the skills to assess different views and reach conclusions. Within your studies, you will encounter many debates, including:

  • What is the role of the family?
  • Do social classes still exist?
  • Why do girls outperform boys in many curriculum areas?
  • How do religious cults influence behaviour?

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE English

Future opportunities

Successful completion of AS/A2 Sociology will give access to a wide range of higher education opportunities. The knowledge and skills developed during the course enable students to pursue a variety of career choices including journalism, law, management, social services and research.

Further information

Sociology is a very popular yet demanding option at A Level. Sociology students should have an interest in social and political issues, plus current affairs. Successful sociologists have the confidence and willingness to participate in discussions and debates, are open minded and respect the views of others. Students will be expected to write effectively and develop sophisticated essay writing skills. Sociology complements many other curriculum areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Nottingham Emmanuel School directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2015

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