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Sociology A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Sociology will equip you with a wide variety of marketable skills.  Perhaps the most important is that of critical thinking.  The course exposes you to many different ways of thinking about our social world, enabling you to make informed decisions as part of evaluation.  Other important skills the course equips you with are: communication, cross cultural understanding, forming evaluation using a range of theoretical perspectives, the ability to make reasoned arguments, organisation, analysing sources, conducting research, presentation.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

During the course you will look at different aspects of the social world.  Topics can include:

  • Social media - 'What impact does the internet have on social relations?'
  • Crime and deviance - 'Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others?'
  • The family - 'How diverse are modern families?'
  • Culture, socialisation and identity - 'Who and what has influenced my identity?'
  • Researching society - 'What is the most useful way to research each topic?'
  • Inequality in society - 'Why do some people in society experience more deprivation than others?'


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at grade 5 and above, including mathematics and science, as well as a grade 6 or higher in English.



The course is assessed solely through examinations which you take at the end of year 13:

  • Unit 1: Socialisation, culture and identity (1h30m) 30% of total A level
  • Unit 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities (2h15m) 35% of total A level.
  • Unit 3: Debates in contemporary society (2h15m) 35% of total A level

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

Many of our students go on to study at University level.  Possible career opportunities include: social work, teaching, community development worker, charity fundraising, human resources officer, public relations officer, social researcher, writer, advice worker.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 October 2018
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