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Sociology A level at The Compton School

Course description

Sociology is a fascinating insight into the social structures within our society. It encourages our students to assess, often critically, and evaluate the way in which our society is constructed through a range of institutions: education and schooling, the family, crime and deviance and the media. Students will learn ways in which they can view the world around them; they will be encouraged to consider the theoretical concepts behind these social structures and the obvious and hidden impacts they have on the individual. In addition to this, students will consider the moral, practical and ethical merits and limitations of how information about our society is gathered. Sociology lessons include debates, student presentations, written essay analysis and reading.

As a result, students of Sociology will become thoughtful, analytical and evaluative individuals who understand the way in which the society and community around them works. They will be encouraged to explore their own theories on society and develop their own ideas and opinions. They will explore their own moral and ethical ideas as well as understanding others’ perspectives.

Students of Sociology should consider the world around them. They may already have, or be starting to develop, their own ideas about how society works. It may be that they consider ways in which women in society are treated, or possibly the ways in which society treats different classes or ethnicities; these issues are at the heart of studying Sociology.

Future opportunities

An A-Level in Sociology teaches students a wide variety of skills applicable to many careers. An understanding of society lends itself well to careers involving people in primary teaching or social work. The evaluative skills learned are valuable in all professions: students of Sociology have demonstrated their ability to assess, debate and deeply consider theories and ideas, which is useful for future lawyers or journalists. They have proven themselves able to apply theory our society, so could consider jobs in the Civil Service and the Government or in politics. Further education opportunities arise at the highest level: both Oxford and Cambridge offer courses related to Sociology in fields such as Social Anthropology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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