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Sociology A Level at The Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy

Course description

Studying Sociology can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including: Social work, Human Resources, Advertising, Policing, Marketing, Journalism, Law, Teaching.

Course content

You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life. Studying Sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you to develop a multi-perspectives and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families and social power. More than once during the course you are bound to ask yourself the question, “ Why has society developed like this? With poverty, ignorance, crime and injustice.”

Education and methods in context: You’ll consider the role of education in society. You will look into gender and ethnicity differences in school achievement. You’ll also learn how to apply your own sociological research to the study of education. Research methods: You’ll learn how to conduct your own research from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics. Families and households: Students will consider changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce. The changing status of children in the family and society as well as sociological explanations of the family and their relationship to social structures. Crime and deviance with theory and methods: You will earn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them. Theory and methods: You’ll expand on your knowledge of research methods and examine the relationship between Sociology and social policy. Beliefs in society: Students will examine ideology, science and religion, religious organisations including cults, sects churches and New Age movements. The relationships between social groups and beliefs and practices will also be discussed and the relevance of religion in the contemporary world will be examined.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a Grade 4 in GCSE English


At A-level there are three exams. Each accounts for one third of your A-level grade. The exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. They consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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