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Sociology - A Level at Heart of England Sixth Form

Course description

Sociology is the study of the society that we all live in. Sociology looks at how our social characteristics affect our chances and experiences in life. We study gender, ethnicity and social class and ask why different kinds of people are less likely to have good health, achieve good qualifications, have social status and be more likely to commit a crime, be poor and die at an early age.

A Level Sociology has a more theoretical base than GCSE Sociology and so we look at society from different perspectives such as Marxism, Feminism and right wing approaches.

  1. Why do inequalities exist?
  2. Is society truly fair, and are we really, as the Universal Declaration of Human Right declares, all born free and equal?
  3. Are children growing up too quickly?
  4. Why does the media portray teenagers in such a negative light?
  5. Is there any need for feminism anymore?
  6. Why do the New Right criticise lone parent families?
  7. Do violent media images make us more violent?

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

It is not essential to study GCSE Sociology in order to do an A Level in Sociology.

These are the minimum requirements. Higher grades at GCSE will make the course more accessible. The course is 100% exam with questions ranging from 4-30 marks and source material.


Assessment is 100% examination. It is made up of three two hour exams. Paper 1 and 3 are all compulsory questions whist paper 2 features optional questions. All papers feature questions ranging from 4-30 marks and source material.

Further information

Sociology is the study of life in this society. It is therefore relevant to all students who will live and work in this society and their future. After taking A Level Sociology, students go on to study a wide range of degree subjects and go on to careers in health, education, police/probation work, business, personnel, marketing, recruitment, care work, law, journalism and media. Students will develop essay writing skills in this course, debating current social issues. They will begin to understand more about the world in which they live, from a variety of points of view. All of these skills are not only useful for any university course, but for life in general.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of England Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September