The sociologist’s aim is to understand and explain how societies work and why they change. Sociology is the study of human societies and of human behaviour in social settings. It uses social categories (such as class, sex, age, or ethnicity), and various social institutions (such as family, the media, education, politics, or crime) to look at how humans interact with each other. The A Level course aims to develop skills such as critical thinking, analysis and essay writing.
40% AS Level – 1 hour written examination
This module looks at the institution of the family; we look at the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change. Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and child‑bearing The nature and extent of changes within the family, with reference to gender roles, domestic labour, domestic violence and power relationships. The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children. Reasons for changes in birth rates, death rates and family size.
60% AS Level – 2 hour written examination
This module takes to detailed look at the role and purpose of education. We look at different educational achievements of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society. Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/student relationships, student subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning. The significance of educational policies, including selection, comprehensivisation and marketisation and we look at the application of sociological research methods to the study of education.
We expect students to achieve 5 good GCSE’s at A*-C with at least a B grade in English. If students are able to achieve these standards they will be considered for the course.
Students are expected to take the A Level as a two year course.
We expect students interested in the course to attend the induction sessions at the end of the year and complete the task you are set over the summer. Once you start the course in September you will need to purchase a copy of the course textbook - these are available through the school or from a wide variety of retailers. You will also be expected to undertake wider reading around the course and will be provided with a list of recommended readings.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
Opportunities to stretch and challenge students are available through the VLE. There may be opportunities to attend a Student Revision Conference before the examination.
Sociology is an extremely useful subject for a wide range of career opportunities, some of the most popular include: Community Worker, Housing Manager, Health Care Worker, International Development Worker, Journalist, Lecturer, Market Researcher, Personnel Manager, Police Constable, Prison Governor, Probation Officer, Public Sector Administrator, Social Researcher, Social Worker, Teacher, Welfare Advice Worker.
Good combinations of other subjects to study with Sociology:
History, English, Psychology, Religious Studies, Geography.
"I loved Sociology and found it really useful in understanding the society around me and what's going on in the world. I'm even considering doing it at Uni next year!”
“The teachers are really great and present it within a fun learning environment...”
“Sociology is all about personal opinions; focusing on how society works and should be studied; however, the key issues raised relate to everyday life and therefore provoke personal interpretations from everyone.”
“I would highly recommend Sociology as an A Level choice at Prince William School. The lessons are interactive and engaging with plenty of opportunity to debate, which is what most appealed to me.”