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Sociology GCE A Level 3 at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey

Course description

Studying Sociology offers insights into the social and cultural issues.  It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, families, education, crime and religion.  Sociology will help you develop a range of skills that will benefit you, whether you decide to go on to further study or the working word, including:

* the use of evidence to support your arguments

* how to investigate facts and use deduction

* critical thinking

* making reasoned arguments

* developing opinions and new ideas on societal issues

* the ability to analyse and better understand societal issues

Course content

You will study education and methods in context in which you will consider the role of education in society.  For example, as part of your studies you'll look into gender and ethnicity differences in school achievement.  In research methods you'll learn how to conduct your own sociological research, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics.  You'll also learn how to apply your own sociology research methods to the study of education.  In your first year you will also study families and households.  In the second year you'll broaded your understanding of society.  You'll study crime and deviane with theory in methods and about difference beliefs in society.

Entry requirements

Students need to achieve 5 A* to C GCSE grades, including Maths, English and Science to at least a B grade.


This course is wholly assessed through examination.  There will be two exams at AS, each worth 50% of your AS qualification.  Each exam last for 1 hour and 30 minutes and is worth 60 marks.  The exams consist of short and extended writing quesions.  At A Level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A Level grade.  The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each.  The exam consists of a mixture of short and extended writing questions.

Future opportunities

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine.  But the subject is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, adverstising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.  According to, the top six degree courses taken by students who have an A Level in sociology are: Sociology, Psychology, English studies, Business Studies, Law and Teaching.

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: 05 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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