Sociology is concerned with social behaviour and attempts to answer questions about why people behave the way they do. For example, why do girls outperform boys in the education system? Why is there still poverty in the 21st century? What explains the growth in violent street crime in the past few years? Sociology makes you think!

Sociology is an accessible A-level that manages to bridge the arts and sciences, dealing with data and theories alongside argument debate and creative thinking.

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What will I learn?

Year 12

Topic 1: Culture and Identity

Topic 2: Education

Topic 3: Research Methods

Year 13:

Topic 4: Crime and Deviance

Topic 5: Beliefs in Society

Topic 6: Theory and Methods

How is it assessed?

There are 3 exam papers and each one is 2 hours long that you sit at the end of your second year of study. The exam questions consist of both short and essay based exam questions.

Next steps

Key skills you will learn from this course:

  • How to use evidence to support your arguments

  • How to investigate facts and use deduction

  • How to put over your point of view more fluently

  • How to work as part of a team and take responsibility for your own learning to achieve results—preparing students for university and employment after leaving sixth form.