A Level Sociology

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Sociology A Level
Code SO
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Interested in why society works the way it does?

Are you curious about the world in which you live and your place in it? Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does. They conduct research into and look at the extent to which behaviour – and opportunities – can be shaped by social class, age, gender and race.

This course will help you to understand how individual lives are shaped by social institutions such as the education system, religion and the mass media, and investigates key contemporary problems, such as poverty, religious extremism and crime.

Through research and investigation, you will develop a range of transferable skills, amongst them the ability to construct and deconstruct arguments both orally and in writing, analyse information critically and present information logically.

Sociology is a subject within the Political and Social Sciences department at Hills Road. The department regularly invites outside speakers to come into the College to speak to you.

"I love the atmosphere of Sociology. It is such a fun and open environment. I seriously come out with all sorts in those lessons." EMILY, Sociology student



Education with research methods in context
  • What is the role of the Education system? 
  • Why are girls outperforming boys at GCSE and A level?
  • How can we account for differences in attainment by race and social class?

Family and Households with research methods 
  • How has childhood changed? 
  • How have 'gay marriages' affected the way we look at 'family'?
  • What is the impact of recent government policy on family life

Students will study one of the following two:

Beliefs in Society
  • Is religion still relevant to young people? 
  • What factors help to explain secularisation and fundamentalism in the UK today?
  • Who is likely to join a sect or cult?
Crime and deviance with theory and methods
  • Why is crime committed and what does the crime rate tell us about society?
  • What factors account for the rise of 'girl gangs'?
  • What is the link between globalisation and crime - particularly green crime?
  • How can crime be tackled?
  • The relevance of sociological theories and how is research conducted?

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

Your next steps...

Sociology opens up a wide range of career possibilities, especially careers that involve working with people including: Public relations, Market research, Law, Probation service, Local government, Industrial relations, Housing, Special educational needs, Policing, Occupational therapy, Youth work, Drug/alcohol rehabilitation, Social work, Civil service, Personnel staff, Social research, Teaching, Victim support work, Counselling, Education management.