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Sociology A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of people in social groups. It attempts to describe and explain human behaviour in a variety of situations. It is a common mistake to think of Sociology as a soft option. While most people find it interesting, stimulating and enjoyable, it also involves reasoned and disciplined thinking and the use of abstract and difficult concepts.

Sociology is a living subject dealing with problems that face modern society and challenges many of the common sense notions that people may have concerning issues such as gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class. There is also a growing focus on the impact of globalisation at international, national and local levels so an interest in current affairs is beneficial when studying Sociology.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

Students should develop the ability to understand and use sociological concepts concerning theories and methods as well as those concerned with understanding contemporary social life in general. They should be able to interpret and evaluate sociological material in a variety of forms – written, graphical etc. They should also learn to present explanations, ideas and arguments in a coherent and logical form as it is a subject that will develop the individual’s ability to argue, think and present a balanced critical argument. As an academic subject is an ideal preparation for university entrance as well as careers such as teaching, human resource management, business, nursing or any occupation that is people orientated.

The course involves the study of three areas that contain various topics related to Sociology:

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods.

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology: Work, poverty and welfare, then Beliefs in Society.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Five 4s, with a 5 in English.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board AQA. 100% examination after two years.

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

Sociology can lead to a range of further studies and possible careers including law, police work, journalism, teaching, medical professions, human resources, social work, management, the civil service and probation work.

Further information

To find out more please contact Ms Dearney ( or 01480 375700 ext 5747)  or visit the exam board website

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: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: So