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Sociology A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology is the study of how society works, so if you are interested in people or if you want to understand what is happening in the world, this is the course for you.

Sociology looks at how society operates, why problems arise and how we can solve them.

Sociology links to several other humanities and science subjects and is studied as part of many vocational qualifications such as nursing, teaching and social work.

Course content

By studying Sociology you will learn about the social institutions and processes which shape our society.
You will develop the ability to debate ideas and communicate them in writing.

Year One

You will study:

  • Wealth, Poverty and Welfare: Why are people in poverty? Can you blame individuals for being poor? What is the impact of unemployment? What do we mean by wealth? Should people be allowed to keep everything they earn?
  • Education: Is the education system fair? Does it prepare us for work? Why are girls outperforming boys?
  • Research Methods: How should we study society? Can you study people scientifically?
Year Two

You will study:

  • Sociological Theory: Is society fair? Do we get equal chances in life? Is the way we behave a result of how others see us?
  • Crime and Deviance: Why do people commit crimes? Is it a rational choice? Why do women commit less crime?
  • Mass Media: Is the media brainwashing us? Does it make us more violent? What effect does social media have on our lives?

Entry requirements

You will not need any previous knowledge of Sociology.

You will need to be able to:

  • Cope with abstract ideas.
  • Produce good written English.


Assessment is by three 2 hour exams at the end of Year 2, each contributing 33.3% towards the overall A Level grade.

Future opportunities

Former students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects including anthropology, criminology, politics, international relations, psychology and social policy.

Sociology is also studied as part of the training for many professions including business management, advertising, journalism, prison work, teaching, law, nursing, the police and social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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