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Sociology at Blackfen School for Girls

Course description

Sociology is the study of society, the people and institutions within this.  If you are fascinated by the behaviour of others and why we act the way we do, then Sociology is for you.  Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human behaviour, including the social dynamics of small groups, large organisations, communities, institutions and even entire societies.  Sociologists are motivated by a desire to have a better understanding of the fundamental principles of social life, believing that this understanding will ultimately improve people’s lives through more enlightened and effective ideas and policies. Sociology will give you skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent  hinking and research.  You will learn Sociological theories and research and develop skills of application, analysis and evaluation.


Course content

Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Unit 2: Families and Households and Beliefs in Society

Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods


Entry requirements

Grade B or GCSE in English Language


All exams are taken at the end of your second year (Year 13).  All exams are written and focus on extended essay writing skills

Unit 1: 2 hour exam, 80 marks, worth 33.3% of overall A’ level

Unit 2: 2 hour exam, 80 marks, worth 33.3% of overall A’ level

Unit 3: 2 hour exam, 80 marks, worth 33.3% of overall A’ level



Future opportunities

Sociology is such a varied A’ Level which gives students a wide range of knowledge and skills.  Sociology trains you to answer the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about human societies, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and higher education.  Possible career options include; Administration, Business, Health and Welfare services, Journalism, Public Relations, Police, Research, Education, Civil Service and Government. 


Further information

This subject is offered as a two year Linear A level course. Students will sit final exams at the end of 2 years. Students opting for this subject will be entered for an AS qualification at the end of the first year. This is a standalone qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years