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Sociology at Outwood Academy Hemsworth

Course description

Sociology is a well established A level subject, it is rarely taught in lower school, therefore no prior knowledge is assumed and the subject is taught from scratch. It appeals to students who are interested in people and who enjoy the challenge of studying a new subject.

Course content

Have you ever wondered why people behave differently in various areas of the world? Is the family the warmest and safest place for a person to be or the most dangerous? Why do some people succeed at school and others struggle to do well?

In other words, are you interested in people and the variety of experience? If so, Sociology will appeal to you.

Sociology is a challenging subject which studies how people contribute to the wider society and how that society shapes them. We look at a range of studies and theories, many of which are in opposition to each other and we try to develop through guidance and practice the essential skills of understanding, analysing and assessing. We also look at ways of obtaining information about people in everyday situations.

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to hold a minimum of 5 A*-C Grades at GCSE (or the new Grades 4 - 9)  including English Language.


100% Examination


Financial information

Students are expected to purchase a book for each year of the course

Future opportunities

Typically, these include:  Journalism, Legal Professions, the Police, Teaching, Health, Sports Management, Personnel and Management, Public Service, Speech Therapy and Criminology.

Further information

All `A` Levels require independent learning to study texts and other sources.

Whilst learning is classroom centred, there are a variety of experiences including worksheets, internet, textbooks and discussion.

No prior knowledge of the subject is expected although students should display curiosity and respect for others knowing that their chances of success are linked to the success of the class as a whole.

Practice in exam techniques and essay writing is offered as well as work on past papers.


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: 17 October 2016
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