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SOCIOLOGY A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Sociology is a social science.  It seeks to gain understanding of the changing nature of modern human societies.  It looks at how people live, behave and work together in groups.  It asks questions about the world that we live in and tries to explain why society is the way it is.  Its content overlaps with the related disciplines of Economics, Politics, Psychology, History, Anthropology and Law.

Sociology is excellent intellectual training that sharpens interpretive and analytical skills, you will also learn essay technique and how to respond to information.  It is a discipline that is valued and recognised preparation for a wide range of university subjects. 

Course content

Course Outline

  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Families and Households
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

  • The minimum requirement is three 6 and three others at a 5
  • At least a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics
  • You will require a grade 6 or above in most subjects you wish to study at A Level
  • To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7 or above
  • To study Economics a grade 7 or above in Mathematics is required and a grade 6 or above in Business or a related subject
  • Students may be able to study a Science subject with a 6 but their 4th option choice must be STEM Access forming part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway
  • For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9 and this will be your 4th A Level subject
  • Photography will also be offered as a 4th A Level option
  • Short courses count as half a GCSE
  • You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for the school aims, objectives and ethos
  • Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community


In class, you will be involved in discussions and activities to deepen understanding of issues and arguments.  Assessment is by an externally marked examination paper for each unit.  There is no coursework for the course.

Future opportunities

Sociology students go on to a hugely diverse range of careers from jobs in the health service, to police work, social work, to teaching and jobs in the media.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 21 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years