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Sociology AS Level at Parkside School

Course description

Sociology, like Psychology and Government & Politics, is a "Social Science". It is the study of SOCIETY and trends in HUMAN BEHAVIOUR. It looks for explanations and reasons as to WHY things are the way they are.

Course content

* How do we fit into Society? Do we fit in? If not, why not?

* Different ways of examining Society and Human behaviour, e.g. Marxism, Feminism as well as the more 'straightforward' explanations you are used to from the Media and other sources. Are these accurate?

* The topic areas outlined underneath are examples of the areas we will look at. What are the roles of these institutions within Society and what effect do they have on us as citizens?

  • * In addition, we look at what Sociologists actually do and how they do it. In particular, we look at research methods - how do we know what we know about people and Society? Is what we 'know' true? Sociology is a fascinating and enriching subject that complements most other combinations of subjects. In terms of careers, if you are aiming to go into any area that involves working with the public (Education, Social Work, Police, Media) you will find the material covered very useful.

Entry requirements

Sociology is an academically demanding subject, and a good range of GCSE passes at A*-C is highly desirable, especially in English & Humanities.  However, a genuine interest in Society, News and Current Affairs is essential.  Likewise an active, enquiring, OPEN mind plus a willingness to think for yourself and share your ideas, views and opinions with others (and have your own views challenged!) are the most important qualities for a Sociologist.


Families and Households


Sociological Research Methods linked to the above


Future opportunities

A level Sociology. Students who have studied Sociology at A level have gone on to study topics such as Criminology, Government and Politics as well as Sociology at degree level.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkside School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year