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Sociology A Level at The Hazeley Academy

Course description

Sociology is a stimulating and challenging subject. A simple definition is that it is ‘the study of the world around us’. Sociologists however, do not just measure and observe the world; they try to understand how people live and interact in certain ways. In order to achieve this understanding it is necessary to consider the rules and processes that bind and separate people as individuals and groups.

There are various branches of sociology and during the course you will study key pieces of research and topics from a range of areas on family, education, crime and beliefs. Learning will be delivered in a variety of ways; typically through discussion, group work, independent study, reading and traditional essays. You will also look at areas of applied sociology where the practical implications of the subject are studied and conducted through research tasks.



Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum grade of a B in GCSE Sociology, however, it is not a prerequisite to have GCSE Sociology, so in these circumstances your English and Humanities grades will be taken into account.


This is a de-coupled qualification, students will have the opportunity to take their AS at the end of Year 12 and the A Level at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

This course provides valuable skills and enables students to develop their research skills as well as their ability to answer essay and structured questions, which are vital skills for study at degree level on any literature course. Students who wish to proceed to higher education can study a wide range of degrees in the social sciences, for example English, Law, Economics and Humanities. Sociology degrees can also be studied as part of a combined program known as Joint Honours; subjects traditionally paired with Sociology are Psychology, Social Policy, Political Science and Philosophy. Degrees in these areas prepare students very well for careers in the Criminal Justice System, the Civil Service, Teaching, policy development and working with charity organisations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hazeley Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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