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Sociology - A Level at Backwell School

Course description

Sociology studies the structure, dynamics and ‘functioning’ of society. Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps students develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around identity, education, poverty, religion, crime, culture and inequality. The Sociology A level course enables students to develop a number of new skills, including how to:

· use evidence to present arguments

· investigate facts and use deduction

· understand the world around you

· put over your point of view fluently

· be critical of the news/media

· work as a team to achieve results

As an academic discipline Sociology demands the ability to cope with a variety of theoretical perspectives and the need to be able to write well-structured and evaluative essays. Teaching methods include class discussion, presentations, statistical analysis and evaluation of sociological theories and research studies. Written work will be regularly set and students will need to spend time out of lessons consolidating knowledge through wider reading and practising extended writing/essays.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature and a grade 5/B in another essaybased GCSE subject (e.g. English Literature, English Language, History, Sociology or Religious Studies).

Future opportunities

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in the public sector, such as the Police, Social Work, Nursing or Medicine. However the subject is also useful in a number of other careers, like Marketing, Advertising, PR, Journalism, Law or Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September