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Sociology - A Level at Baxter College

Course description

Sociology is the study of society. This means that we try to answer questions about the world around us. For example:

  • Why is the divorce rate going up? 
  • Why do girls get better GCSE results than boys? 
  • Why do people commit crime? 
  • Do films and TV make us violent? 

We also study how to research in Sociology, through questionnaires, interviews and observations, for example. We will carry out the different research methods both inside and outside the classroom. 

Sociology is a challenging, thought provoking and stimulating subject, involving varying methods of learning, from debates and discussions to role play and presentations. 

Sociology is the perfect partner to Health and Social Care, Psychology, History, English, Geography, Religious Studies, amongst others!

Content Units of Study

Your course will involve examinations. There will be two at the end of year 12 and two at the end of year 13. The topics you are likely to cover are: 

  • Families and Households 
  • Education 
  • Research Methods 
  • Crime and Deviance 
  • Theory and Methods 
  • Mass Media or Beliefs in Society 


Sociology is a good subject for those who wish to go onto Higher Education to study courses to do with "people" - things like Town Planning, Social Work, Police, Health Care, Law, Teaching, Journalism, Local Government and Civil Service. If you want to go into training in these areas, it is also a good place to start. The skills in A Level Sociology are useful for university, as the analysis and essay writing it involves are important across a range of degree subjects.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 5 GCSE`s at Grade C or above, with English preferably at grade B or above. This is a Level 3 course which demands a high level of literacy, thinking ability and organisational skill.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years