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Sociology A Level at Bacon's College

Course description

Sociology is the study of societies and how they shape people’s ideas, their social behaviour and their cultures, and how, in turn people interact together and shape their societies.

Studying Sociology allows students to acquire a critical understanding of contemporary social life, enabling them to reflect on their own experiences and discuss the social world in which they live.

The course will teach students how to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes. Applicants will come to appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debates.

Sociology will help students to understand and evaluate sociological theories and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process and develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society. As with any subject at A-level students will need to be self-motivated and organised.

Students will be required to write essays in class and at home in preparation for the final exam, with regards to sociological concepts and methodology. It is also worth bearing in mind that Sociology is assessed entirely through examinations.

Course content


Culture and Identity

Families and Households

Wealth,Poverty and Welfare 

Education, Health and Sociological Methods



Beliefs in Society Global Development Mass Media Power and Politics

Crime and Deviance Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

Students must achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, including ‘B’ grades in English Language and Religious Education, in order to study Sociology.



Future opportunities

The qualification lays an appropriate foundation for the further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education. The material studied would also be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in the Social Services, Law, Police Service, Education, The Media, Prison Service and a wide range of related areas. Students interested in their own society will find this a fascinating subject to study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bacon's College directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

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


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