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Sociology AS/A-Level at Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre

Course description

What is Sociology?

“Human beings learn their behaviour and use their intelligence whereas animals simply act on instinct” (Peter Berger).Sociology then is the study of society and of people and their behaviour and in particular is concerned with humans ingroups rather than the individual. Over the last couple of centuries sociologists have studied a vast and diverse rangeof topics including sexuality,  popular music, the body, ethnic conflict, poverty, sport, science, health, the law, druguse, war, religion, death, colonialism, housework, mobile phones, youth subcultures, humour and murder!

Why study Sociology?

Past students have said that they have enjoyed the challenge of a new subject that is interesting, relevant, academicand questions our world which is often taken for granted.   

What makes a successful Sociology student?

Be prepared to be open minded and surprised.  The ability to work independently.  Good organisational skills.  Conscientious and hardworking students should achieve well in this subject.

Entry requirements

To study at Hellesdon High School Sixth Form you will need: SIX GCSEs A* - C Grades will enable you to study FOUR A/S Level courses.

We would advise that a Grade B at GCSE would be a good indicator of potential for A Level but we will discuss this with you. Equally we can discuss options for individuals who may fall short of the six higher grade entry requirements.

When applying for courses you should look to study subjects that:

  • a) You have a strong interest in (and enjoyment of)
  • b) You feel you are successful at
  • c) Your Yr11 teachers have highlighted you are good at.

It may also be useful to investigate university/employment websites if you have a particular interest in following a subject forward after Sixth Form.

Subject Specific

GCSE Sociology is not a requirement but a good proven academic record is necessary.  Because of the amount ofwritten work Grade B in English is preferable and grade C and above in five other subjects.

Future opportunities

Most universities offer Sociology as a first degree and at post graduate level.  Many other degree courses will have a sociology component.  Sociology is relevant to a wide variety of careers: Law, Police, Teaching/Education, Public Relations, Politics, Journalism, Social Work etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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