Sociology (A Level)

Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime?

A Level Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. You will learn a number of skills including; supporting arguments with relevant evidence, how to investigate and evaluate information, and critical thinking. Sociology opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

The course will help students understand society’s structures, processes and issues. Learning how to work systematically, using your understanding of contemporary life, social theories and methods of investigation. Throughout the course you will discover how to interpret, apply, analyse and evaluate key arguments within the modules that you study on the sociology programme.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
First Year:
  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Research Methods
  • Families and Households
Second Year:
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods
  • Beliefs in Society
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

Students can progress directly on to degrees in Sociology, Psychology or Criminology. Sociology is also beneficial for degrees in Law, History, Politics or Social Work. Many students study Sociology with a combination of other subjects in order to facilitate a pathway into careers such as teaching, counselling, public services, family support work, social work and social research.
Sociology is a valued A Level by universities, due to the skills you learn over the two years.

Assessment:                         Awarding Body:

Exams – 100%                                           AQA

Results 2017: 97%


Key Features:
  • Develop research methods and consider the theoretical perspectives that underpin the study of Sociology
  • Consider the changing nature of childhood today, both within the UK and globally
  • Explore contemporary government policy developments in terms of family, education and crime
  • Develop an understanding of how the society we live in today has been shaped by social movements and government laws and policies
  • You will have the opportunity to incorporate wider reading of real life events into your studies
  • Deepen your understanding of how the society we live in today has been shaped by social movements and government laws and policies
  • You will incorporate wider reading of real life events into your studies.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Studying Sociology at the Sixth Form College will help students learn how to use numerical skills to solve problems and present information logically. Students will become resilient learners who enjoy learning and are willing to listen, learn and contribute developing their skill of independence of thought and, where appropriate, social interaction through teamwork. The students are encouraged to contribute creative and innovative solutions in their work and class discussions.

What our students say…

“The subject matter within Sociology is both stimulating and relevant to contemporary society.”