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A Level Sociology at St Peter's Catholic School

Course description

Sociology attempts to explain how society works through the study of relationships and social institutions. This means that Sociologists study everyday life, but reject ‘commonsense’ explanations. Instead, Sociology involves a systematic approach, using theories and research to go beyond superficial explanations and provide a deeper understanding of how and why people behave the way that they do.

You should consider studying Sociology if you have previously enjoyed studying History, Citizenship, English or Religious Studies. Sociology may also interest you if you are someone who is interested in people and in issues that affect society, such as changes in the family and reasons why different people have different experiences in education.

Sociology is a challenging subject and is accepted as such by universities and employers. Having an A-level in Sociology is valued in a wide range of different professions including the police, criminology, politics, social policy, Human Resources and marketing.

AS Course Outline

Unit 1: Families and Households
Unit 2: Education with Research Methods

A2 Course Outline
Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

At least a grade C in English Language is essential because the course involves understanding sociological theories and studies, and you will be assessed by your ability to write essays in exams. You should also have the ability to empathise with other people and make connections between individual experiences and wider social factors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years