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A-Level

Sociology

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Sociology is the study of social groups and social life in modern societies, and the interaction between individuals within these groups.

Exam Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

Assessment

  • 100% Exams
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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social groups and social life in modern societies, and the interaction between individuals within these groups.

 

What will I study?

You will study socialisation culture and identity, families, households, and education using theoretical debates and arguments, supported by empirical (evidence based) research. You will also review methods of sociological enquiry and you will experience first-hand the application of various research strategies. You will cover power and stratification with topics including inequality and world sociology. Sociology is an essay-based discipline, a high standard of written English is required for this subject.

 

Assessments

There are three exams at A level. Two are 2 hours and 30 minutes and assesses, whilst the third is one hour and forty five minutes. These examine different parts of the content and different skills, with a focus on the topics taught  across the course.

 

Trips, visits and enrichments:

  • Seminars or lectures at local universities
  • Trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool

 

What can it lead to?

Sociology students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at degree level, including sociology, criminology and psychology. Many courses such as nursing and midwifery specify sociology as a preferred A level subject.

FAQs

Do I need to have studied Sociology at GCSE?
No, most students (over 90%) will not have studied Sociology prior to A Level.
What subjects go well with Sociology?
Other social science subjects work well with Sociology, such as Psychology and Criminology. Many students will study other aligned subjects, such as History, Politics and Geography, while others with an idea of pursuing a particular career may study Biology or PE.
Is there any coursework in Sociology?
No, all assessments are done through the three end of second year exams.
Do all universities accept Sociology?
Yes, all universities recognise A Level Sociology, with some courses asking for it as a preferred subject.

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