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Sociology A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Do you ever take time to watch people? Do you sit back and wonder how our actions, beliefs, behaviours and identities are shaped by the world around us? Are you someone who doesn't follow the crowd but are you fascinated with what is going on around you? Are you fascinated with human societies and interactions? Are you very opinionated?

Sociology is the scientific study of society and behaviour. The course encourages you to look at life from a new perspective. You will be able to identify differing patterns of human behaviours and how group life and social interaction affects these behaviours. You will learn how to express your opinions on life issues, evaluate and analyse a range of theories about society and you will develop research skills.

Course content

In a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society, sociologists are able to develop and utilise a range of skills to help us to enquire and explore a range of social problems.  Sociology also allows for improvement of key functional skills, such as communication, information technology and application of numbers.

  • Recognise that their sociological knowledge, understanding and skills help them to develop an understanding of the interrelationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies.
  • Analyse critically the nature and sources of information and to base reasoned judgements and arguments on evidence.
  • Organise and communicate their knoledge and understanding in different and creative ways, and reach substantiated judgements.
  • Appreciate the significance f theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
  • Understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.
  • Develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society.
  • Develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a B grade or above in GCSE English Language.


In this course, you will explore how the society has changed over time and the impact that this has had on our social organisations and culture.

The course units include:

  • Families and Households
  • Education
  • Researching society through methods
  • Crime and Deviance

The assessment of this course includes three examination papers:

  • Paper 1: Education with theory and methods (two hour exam) 33.3% weighting
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (2 hour exam) 33.3% weighting
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with theory and methods (two hour exam) 33.3% weighting

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge you develop studying sociology often focus on the human activities and relationships that connect individuals, groups and institutions, and relate to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Advice worker
  • Community development worker
  • Counsellor
  • Further Education lecturer
  • Social worker
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Primary school teacher
  • Probation officer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Criminologist
  • Law
  • Prison service 

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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