Sociology AS/A2 Level

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Course Specifics

Sixth Form
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
1 year for AS Level 2 years for full A Level
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Yes - If it's your first full Level 3 and you're aged 19-23 your course is funded otherwise Advanced learner loans are available

Course overview

Sociology is likely to be a new subject for the majority of students. It focuses on the social differences between people in society, such as whether they are rich or poor. Sociologists are interested in whether those differences are important to our opportunities in life. Throughout the course you will investigate social issues in society, such as poverty and crime. You should have an interest in current affairs and are advised to regularly watch the news or read related webpages.

A Level Sociology consists of several units of study – Students will investigate:

Education - differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society

Different Research methods used by sociologists

Topics in Sociology (Families & Households)

Looking at changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course, gender roles, and power relationships within the family in contemporary society.

The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society.

Trends in the United Kingdom since 1900: birth rates, death rates, family size, life expectancy, ageing population, and migration and globalisation.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Students will be looking into social order and social control and the distribution of crime by ethnicity, gender and social class. This will involve recent patterns and trends in crime, the media and crime and human rights. In addition an investigating into crime control, surveillance, crime prevention and punishment, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

The course is assessed through exams. In order to be successful students will need good essay writing skills and an ability to remember key information. Sociology involves a range of specialist language and students will be required to learn a glossary of key terms in order to understand the material covered in lessons. Homework tasks will include independent reading and the completion of questions from previous exams. Sociology combines well with a wide variety of other subjects and Level 3 Criminology. It is a popular subject at the college with a long track record of success.

Who is this course for?

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths. You also need to have an inquiring mind, keep up with current affairs and have a strong commitment to study. A Level work opens up the door to many careers in the future.

Entry qualifications

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths.

What other experience will I gain?

Being part of Chesterfield College Sixth Form is so much more than A Levels. We want you to leave us with as many skills as possible to help you with your next step (as well as making your time here fun). That's why you'll also get the opportunity to take part in visits, competitions, as well as all the other college wide teams and activities. Many of the Sociology students enter essay competitions and work as student ambassadors /Peer mentors – Y13 students who pair up with Y12 students to offer help and support.

Where will this lead?

You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment. Former Sociology students are taking straight Sociology degrees at an number of universities but also many combinations of subjects, such as; Social Anthropology at Leeds, Youth and Community studies at Sheffield Hallam, Crime and Society at Liverpool, Anthropology at Durham and Social Work at Lincoln. In addition Sociology is useful if you want to go into any of the following careers that work with people:

  • Teaching/Education/Childcare
  • Police/Law/Probation
  • Social Work/Youth Work/Nursing
  • HR Personnel
  • Business and Management

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

"I enjoy Sociology because it is a change from traditional subjects taught at school and has relevance to my own life experiences. I also had the chance to visit the Department of Sociological." “Studies at the University of Sheffield during the course was very interesting.”

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