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Sociology - A Level at Sheffield Park Academy

Course description

Students will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world

Course content

In Year 12 you will study the Sociology of Education where you will evaluate the impact a students' class, gender, ethnicity and their teachers can have on their educational attainment. You will also study ‘Families and Households’. Key issues which are considered include whether husbands and wives are equal today in comparison to the past? How have patterns in marriage, divorce and cohabitation changed over time? In addition to these topics you will also study how sociologists conduct sociological research and the strengths and weaknesses of research methods.

Year 13 concentrates on ‘Crime and Deviance’ where you will examine who commits crime as well as investigating reasons why they do so. You will also study ‘Beliefs in Society’ where you will evaluate reasons for the decline in religion and why people may choose to join religious movements such as sects and cults.

Entry requirements

GCSEs should include a 5 in English.  However, a grade 4 will be accepted at the subject leaders discretion. You do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE to be a successful in Sociology at A-level.


You will be assessed by three 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Sociology is a popular A-level choice and can lead to students completing degree courses in a variety of subject areas including Criminology, English, Law, Psychology and Sociology itself. Sociology is relevant to a wide range of careers, particularly careers where analytical and evaluation skills are required such as journalism, social work, teaching and the law.

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: 11 October 2018
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