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One of the Sociology department’s key aims is to motivate students to consider the world around them, to be analytical in their thinking about the world and consider why do people behave in the way they do? Why do I think the way I think?

Sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. The course is suitable for students who have an interest in how society works; are interested in considering the application of contemporary examples from the real world to explore theoretical perspectives; and enjoy discussions about social behaviour and changes.

Course content:

This course helps students to gain an understanding of the society in which we live. They learn how society shapes identities, consider an in-depth view of aspects of social behaviour and explanations of social change.

  • Component 1 topics: Socialisation, Culture, Identity, Youth Subcultures within the UK.
  • Component 2 topics: Social Inequality, Research Methodology.
  • Component 3 topics: Globalisation and the Digital Social World, debates explored through a detailed study of Crime and Deviance.

Further information:

The full course outline can be found at the following web page: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/170212-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-sociology-h580.pdf

Career opportunities:

There are many career opportunities for students who choose Sociology A level as the knowledge and skills acquired in this course are very useful to a wide range of higher education courses. Student’s who study Sociology could choose to continue their studies focusing on Sociology, or other Social Sciences such as Social Anthropology, Criminology, Social Policy or any other further education course. There are also a wide range of career opportunities that could develop from taking this A level option for example Social Work, Journalism, Teaching, Police Officers, Civil Service, Probation Officers, and many other fields of employment.

Trips and Speakers:

As this is the first year that Sociology has been offered as an A level subject we are busy planning trips and speakers to enrich the course content, we hope to visit London and visit the Old Bailey to watch some court hearings to support the learning for component three. We hope to attend the Women of the World convention in 2019, which focuses on the inequality component. We are hoping to get some speakers in from local charities to further enrich the syllabus content and develop our understanding of identity and inequality.

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