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Sociology A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

  • Women are more likely to be homemakers than men.
  • Pupils from a Bangladeshi background are more likely to achieve fewer GCSEs than pupils from an Indian background
  • Girls are less likely to study science and mathematics at A level than boys
  • People from a working class background are more likely to be portrayed negatively by the media than people from a middle class background.
  • Black people are more likely to be arrested than white people.

Does any of this matter? - Yes!  For example, if girls are less likely to study science and mathematics, it means they'll be excluded from lots of careers.

How can we explain the above statements?  Maybe it's just natural... for example, maybe boys are naturally better at science and mathematics. Then again, maybe not...

If you're interested in understanding why the above statements are still true in modern Britain then A level sociology is the course for you!


Course content

Year 1 topics:

  • education and methods in context
  • families and households
  • research methods

Year 2 topics:

  • mass media
  • crime and deviance
  • theory and methods

You will learn through:

  • textbooks, newspaper articles and documentaries
  • essay writing, report writing and poster design
  • individual, pair and group work
  • class discussions, presentations and debates
  • research projects
  • educational visits

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge is necessary.  However you will need 5 or more A* - C grade GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and mathematics

Future opportunities

The skills you'll be learning by studying A level sociology include how to:

  • critically analyse and evaluate arguments and use evidence to support your own arguments
  • investigate facts and use deduction
  • express yourself fluently in written and verbal communication

A level sociology links well with university courses including:

  • English 
  • law
  • media studies
  • medicine
  • politics
  • psychology
  • and many more!

A level sociology can lead to many different careers including: 

  • the civil service
  • education
  • journalism
  • law
  • marketing
  • medicine
  • the police
  • PR
  • social work
  • and many more!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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