What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of culture and of the people in society. Sociology is about examining our experiences and the institutions that affect our lives; family, education and the mass media. Sociology is also concerned with describing and explaining the patterns of inequality, deprivation and conflict.

Sociology is the study of culture and of the people in society. Sociology is about examining our experiences and the institutions that affect our lives; family, education and the mass media. Sociology is also concerned with describing and explaining the patterns of inequality, deprivation and conflict.

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Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English and Maths (4s will be considered)

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Assessment methods

    3 final exams

  • Exam board

    EDUQAS

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

Course content summary:

  • Paper 1: Socialisation and Culture

    2hr 30 mins exam worth 40% of the A-level

  • Paper 2: Methods of Sociological enquiry

    1hr 45 mins exam worth 20% of the A-level

  • Paper 3: Power and Stratification

    2hr 30 mins exam worth 40% of the A-level

What sort of person makes a good Sociology student?

  • As Sociology is the study of society you need to be interested in the world you live in. This means that you should watch the news, download a news app onto your phone and watch documentaries on TV.

  • In addition to this you will need to write lots of essays and read lots of information, so you need to be prepared for this!

Course Content:

PAPER 1: Socialisation and Culture

You will study the social influences on behaviour and what is identity. How does our identity shape our lives? You will examine the changing structure and relationships within the family asking questions such as Is blood thicker than water? Can your friends be your family? You will also examine trends in education, for example who tends to succeed and who tends to fail?

PAPER 2: Methods of Sociological enquiry

One compulsory question divided into four parts which is based on stimulus material and one question will involve an extended writing piece where the students have to design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research. This paper offers you an opportunity to investigate sociological research methods used in Sociology such as Questionnaires and observations.

PAPER 3: Power and Stratification

This paper offers students the opportunity to examine areas such as social inequality and crime and deviance. Social inequality means asking questions such as “What is inequality? And “why does inequality exist”? In addition students will investigate the trends and patterns of crime and attempt to explain these, answering questions such as “Is crime a working class activity?” and “Is the criminal justice system racist?”

What skills will I learn?

People who study Sociology go on into a wide variety of courses at University and employment. You will gain a range of very valuable skills. You will learn how to work independently. You will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument.

The Sociology department have developed links with Manchester University, and a number of our students have benefitted from attending a Pre-U Sociology Course at Manchester University, which is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it is like to study Sociology at Higher Education. Upon completion of the Pre-U course they receive a reduced offer from Manchester University to study a Social Science related degree.

We have visited the Police Museum and the Crown courts in Manchester. Students enjoyed learning about the history of British policing. The museum contained real life examples of weapons collected over the years, information on historically significant crimes, including the chance to learn about the first case involving forensic science using finger-print technology. During the tour of the Crown courts, students learnt about the various routes into Law and the hierarchy within the court, including the opportunity to enact a “real life case” and reach a sentencing verdict.

What sort of person makes a good Sociology student?

  • As Sociology is the study of society you need to be interested in the world you live in. This means that you should watch the news, download a news app onto your phone and watch documentaries on TV.

  • In addition to this you will need to write lots of essays and read lots of information, so you need to be prepared for this!

Course Content:

PAPER 1: Socialisation and Culture

You will study the social influences on behaviour and what is identity. How does our identity shape our lives? You will examine the changing structure and relationships within the family asking questions such as Is blood thicker than water? Can your friends be your family? You will also examine trends in education, for example who tends to succeed and who tends to fail?

PAPER 2: Methods of Sociological enquiry

One compulsory question divided into four parts which is based on stimulus material and one question will involve an extended writing piece where the students have to design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research. This paper offers you an opportunity to investigate sociological research methods used in Sociology such as Questionnaires and observations.

PAPER 3: Power and Stratification

This paper offers students the opportunity to examine areas such as social inequality and crime and deviance. Social inequality means asking questions such as “What is inequality? And “why does inequality exist”? In addition students will investigate the trends and patterns of crime and attempt to explain these, answering questions such as “Is crime a working class activity?” and “Is the criminal justice system racist?”

What skills will I learn?

People who study Sociology go on into a wide variety of courses at University and employment. You will gain a range of very valuable skills. You will learn how to work independently. You will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument.

The Sociology department have developed links with Manchester University, and a number of our students have benefitted from attending a Pre-U Sociology Course at Manchester University, which is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it is like to study Sociology at Higher Education. Upon completion of the Pre-U course they receive a reduced offer from Manchester University to study a Social Science related degree.

We have visited the Police Museum and the Crown courts in Manchester. Students enjoyed learning about the history of British policing. The museum contained real life examples of weapons collected over the years, information on historically significant crimes, including the chance to learn about the first case involving forensic science using finger-print technology. During the tour of the Crown courts, students learnt about the various routes into Law and the hierarchy within the court, including the opportunity to enact a “real life case” and reach a sentencing verdict.