Sociology A-Level at Kendrick Academy
Sociology gives students a chance to explore something different to reflect a new phase in their education. It is one of the social sciences, subjects focusing on human behaviour. Professional sociologists are often interviewed in the news to explain riots, the rise in a particular type of crime or whether changing the benefit system could encourage more couples to get married. They might offer a view about whether media violence affects children or why certain groups perform badly at school. Sociologists perform a useful function because they have studied issues thoroughly by observing or interviewing people or using similar methods. All these topics are part of the AQA AS/2 courses, so potentially our students could also become expert sociologists interviewed on television or consulted by a government deciding how to address a pressing social issue.
However, many students with other ambitions take Sociology to widen their horizons. We are all intrigued by issues such as why men and women often act so differently and whether it is possible to reduce global inequalities. Sociologists disagree amongst themselves as there are no easy answers, so in the lessons we spend a lot of time in lively discussions. The course begins with a general introduction about how being brought up in a society makes people different from feral (wild) humans and examine some contrasting views about equality and hierarchies.
Whilst many students go on to study Social Sciences and Humanities such as Sociology, Psychology, PPE, Criminology, Law, History and English, this course provides a strong grounding for those wishing to pursue many other subject areas at degree level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendrick Academy directly.