Sociology A Level -

SOCIOLOGY

AQA 7192

WHY STUDY SOCIOLOGY?

If you are fascinated by the behaviour of others and why we act the way we do, then sociology is for you. Sociology investigates the effect social class, gender, age and ethnicity may have on both individuals and groups in society and how our family, education, mass media, religion and the government impact our lives. Sociologists believe that by understanding how different social groups in society are treated then we can improve the lives of people in a society by challenging governments, changing laws and making life better. We investigate why certain groups have more power and opportunities compared to others and why we allow this to continue.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Paper 1 Education with methods in context

Paper 2 Health, mass media and research methods

Paper 3 Crime and deviance with theory and methods

·         Education with Methods in context

·         Topics in Sociology

o   Health

o   Mass media

o   Research Methods

·         Crime and deviance with theory and methods

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Sociology trains you to ask question about the world around us, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and providing a strong intellectual background for students. Sociology is incredibly useful for the following careers: working in the government, market research, criminology, the legal profession, teaching, journalism, public relations, marketing, the police.

A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“I have really enjoyed sociology as I get to learn about how someone’s ethnicity, gender, age and social class can affect their lives. It challenges our ideas on what we think is right and makes us question why we think this. Are we free individuals or are we brainwashed by those in power?”

- Sam Rye, Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to have achieved a B grade or above in GCSE Sociology, if studied. Examinations are essay based, and students that have not studied GCSE Sociology must have achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English. The course will cover sensitive and sometimes controversial issues and therefore a mature and open-minded approach is needed. You will be expected to have an awareness of current affairs throughout the course. Grade 4 or higher is also required in mathematics GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Ms C Horan cho@sandon.essex.sch.uk