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What interests should I have if I want to take this course?

Choosing Sociology will mean you have an interest in contemporary issues that affect our society nationally and globally.  You will be wanting to know why people commit crime and why international organisations are able to get away with their crimes.  You will have an interest in finding out the reasons for inequality in the UK, why women still earn less than men and why white working class boys fail to achieve high levels of educational attainment.  If you want to know how sociologists can predict the future of a child when it is still in the womb, then sociology is for you.

What will I learn about?

Year 12

Compulsory Content

  • Education with Research Methods

Optional Topics in Sociology

  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Health
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare

Year 13

Compulsory Content

  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Optional Topics in Sociology

Option 1

  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Health
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare

Option 2

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Global Development
  • The Media
  • Stratification and Differentiation

How will I be Assessed?

  • Paper 1  (2 hours, 80 marks, 33.3% of A level.  Content - Education with Research Methods).
  • Paper 2  (2 hours, 80 marks, 33.3% of A level.  Content - One topic from option 1 and one topic from option 2).
  • Paper 3  (2 hour, 80 marks, 33.3% of A level.  Content - Crime and Deviance with Research Methods).

What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and an average points score of 4.

What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?

You will use the higher order skills that enable you to recognise, analyse and evaluate key sociological concepts.   You will become a critically engaged young adult.  This will happen through a variety of teaching methods.  There will be discussion and group work that focus on events in todays society.  You will undertake directed research on your own and you will have the opportunity to attend visits that show how Sociology is relevant to our understanding of society, for example, we arrange a visit to Durham Crown Court where we have  a Q & A session with a high court Judge followed by watching court proceedings.

What can I do when I complete my qualification?

You will have developed analytical and evaluative skills which you can use in future study or employment. 

These will include:

  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving
  • IT
  • Critical analysis
  • Criminal justice system

Sociologists, those who understand and can apply research techniques are in demand in a number of areas of employment, e.g. media, marketing and public relations (see A level information for future educational and career options).

A level Sociology is accepted by universities for a wide range of degree courses. It provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue careers in lecturing, social work, police work, law and criminology, media and advertising, public service and administration, probation work etc.

Recent students have gone on to study the following courses at university: English, international linguistics, criminology, law, drama, anthropology and sociology.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Mr Wood in the Social Sciences Department.