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Sociology A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

Students who wish to study Sociology should be open-minded and inquisitive about how society functions. Sociology requires studentsto be well organised and committed to the subject, to work independently but also to be able to take part in discussions on a variety of issues using evidence and research to support their argument. You should enjoy working hard in a group situation as well as independently. You should also be prepared to discuss theories and opinions from different viewpoints. A strong interest in current affairs (e.g. reading the BBC website regularly) is also useful.

Course content

What will I study?

Sociology is the study of human life, groups and social life - from the man on the street to global events. You will take part in active research to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of the subjects covered. Specific topics you will cover include the family, education, consumer culture, crime and deviance and informal social control. You will address questions such as: “What is the best way to investigate football hooliganism?”, “Is there an ‘ideal’ type of family?”, and “What are the major social influences on our lives?” As well as these areas of knowledge, you will also develop essential research skills such as analysing data and conducting structured and unstructured interviews.

How will I learn?

You will learn through seminar based lessons, essay writing, reading, discussion, presentations and active, independent research. There will be visits arranged to support the learning e.g. visits to local Universities and social work specialists.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and any GCSE Humanities grade C or BTEC Health and Social Care Merit grade


You will be assessed through written examinations; two in each year of the course.

Future opportunities

Sociology is a subject which is of great value regardless of your future aims. It provides many general skills which are sought by universities and employers alike, but is particularly well suited to “people-centred” employment such as Personnel Management, Media/Journalism, Tourism/Leisure, Teaching, Social Work or Legal Professions/Police.

A qualification in Sociology will enable you to continue with a degree in the subject, but it can also prepare you for a number of other university or college courses including Politics, Communication and Culture or other Social Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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