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AS / A Level - Sociology at Blackpool Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level Sociology is a way of thinking about the world. However, the sociological way of thinking about the world is different from the way natural scientists might think about it. The raw material of sociology is the experience of ordinary people in ordinary, daily life.

Course content

AS Sociology Year includes:

  • Education, for example why do girls perform better than boys at GCSE.
  • Sociological methods including how do we investigate society, should we ask questions or watch people secretly?
  • Families and households, rising divorce rates, increased cohabitation, fewer children - what is the impact of these changes?

A2 Sociology Year includes:

  • Crime and deviance: why do people commit crime? Is it because of poverty, madness or peer pressure?
  • Sociological methods and theory
  • Beliefs in society: does religion cause conflict or harmony?, Why do some of us follow religious rules whilst others are happy to ignore them?

Entry requirements

Preferably a grade B (minimum of a grade C) in a written GCSE subject (e.g. English, History, RE).


100% exam in both AS and A2

Exam board: AQA

Future opportunities

Sociology is a useful academic subject if you are considering Higher Education. It is important for any career involving dealing with the general public e.g. teaching, medicine, police, social work, care work, working in personnel.

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: 20 May 2014
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