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Sociology A Level at Matravers School

Course description

Sociology is study of society; in particular it focuses on the behaviours of different groups in society such as gender groups, class groups, ethnic groups and age groups. You will explore issues such as sexism, racism and class inequality. Sociology A-Level has been revised for 2015 and offers even wider opportunities for students to discover the range of issues facing contemporary UK society.

Course content

Year 12 there are two components:

  • Socialism, culture and identity: here you will learn about culture and how we develop gender, ethic, national and age identities. You will also study how the media shapes our lives and how youth culture develops.
  • Social inequalities: here you will learn why inequality and social differences exsist in the UK. You will also get an understanding of the research methods used by sociologists.

In Year 13 you will focus on:

  • Globilisation and the digital social world where you will examine how different schools of sociological thought view the explosion of digital communication and its impact of society.
  • Crime and Deviance, where you will have an induction into the world of criminology learning different explanations of why crime exists in society

Future opportunities

Sociology students acquire many different skills. They learn how to carry out sociological research, how to plan and write essays, how to critically evaluate research findings and how to make current affairs and politics news stories come alive. Sociologists learn critical thinking and how to analyse many different types of data. As a consequence, Sociology is an excellent academic subject that is an ideal stepping stone to read humanities subjects at university. It is also an indispensable subject for those wanting a career working in society such as nursing, the police force, teaching and child care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

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