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Sociology A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

What is Society? How does it work? Where do people fit within society? Why do some people break the rules? And why are some people more successful than others?

Have you ever considered the answers to these questions?

If you have then Sociology is for you.

Sociology is the study of social behaviour, its origins, development, organisation and social institutions. Studying Sociology will develop your understanding of social order, social disorder and social change, and therefore your understanding of the society and world in which we live.

Course content

In year 12 you will

  • investigate how people learn and acquire their culture through agents of socialisation such as family, education, media, peer groups, religion and the workplace
  • look at Family and relationships in more detail to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different family types and the reasons for family diversity over time
  • look at theories of social inequality in more detail, specifically in relation to power, wealth and status within British Society.

In year 13 you will

  • gain an understanding of criminality within society, what causes it, and how and why peoples’ reactions to crime can differ.
  • investigate the role that the criminal justice system plays in forming the nature of crime and how society responds to this.
  • An overarching theme in Year 13 is Globalisation and the digital world and how this has impacted on the individual and society.

Throughout both years you will develop your sociological research skills, developing your ability to plan, implement and critically evaluate sociological research, as well as your ability to evaluate sociological theories.

Entry requirements

  • To study Sociology you should have an active interest in society and social behaviour.
  • You will need to keep up to date with current events and issues related to Sociology by reading newspapers and watching current affairs programmes.
  • In addition you will need to take a responsible attitude to your learning, being able to work independently, and using tutor support when necessary.
  • You do not need to have previously studied sociology: however you should have a B in English Language and a C in another Humanities subject at GCSE.
  • If you do not meet these entry requirements please speak to us about your suitability for the course as it may still be possible for you to study it.


There is no coursework for Sociology, instead it is assessed by external exams which test your knowledge and understanding of the topics studied, and your ability to plan and evaluate sociological research and theories.

There is an essay requirement to the assessment structure so a key focus in lessons is on developing your essay writing skills.

Future opportunities

  • The course provides a broad introduction to Sociology.
  • Many students go on to study specific aspects of Sociology at university, or use the skills they have gained in their chosen career.
  • The skills and knowledge you develop studying sociology often focus on the human activities and relationships that connect individuals, groups and institutions, and relate to a wide variety of careers.
  • Such as; Teaching, Public Services, Social Work, Youth Work, and Counselling

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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