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Sociology
Sociology has changed my perception of so many things
Amanda Year 12

Sociology is the study of societies looking at how people live, behave and work together in groups.

It asks questions about the world we live in and tries to explain why it is the way it is. The AQA specification enables students to use an enquiring, analytical and critical approach to the study of society and encourages them to think as a sociologist. Sociology students will develop skills and knowledge applicable to many careers, such as an understanding of social and cultural issues, high quality communication and practical research skills. Sociologists attempt to answer questions as varied as: Why do people commit crime? Is religion in decline? How can we explain suicide? What is the role and purpose of education? What are the changing patterns in family structures? What is the role of taxation and the economy?

The department is expanding and building on last year’s successful examination results. In 2014 80% of students achieved A*-A at A2 level. It is a vibrant and interesting yet rigorous academic subject which is increasingly popular at Alice Smith.

“Sociology provokes so many interesting questions - do we shape society, or does society shape us? Is this the postmodernist era? Do policies transform families, or do families influence policies?” Emily, Year 12

Course Requirements

There is no requirement to have previously studied Sociology yet successful students will have an interest in the wider world and their role within in it. Due to the nature of the subject a good level of English is required (Grade C or above at GCSE).

Opportunities

A sound understanding of social and cultural issues, excellent written and oral communication skills, research skills and a capacity for detailed observation are just a few of the skills Sociology students develop at A Level, which are applicable to a wide variety of jobs. Possible career paths of interest could include social work and social services, law and criminal justice, urban and regional planning, broadcasting and journalism, public service, teaching and education, industrial relations and market research and advertising.

Sociology has changed my perception of so many things
Amanda Year 12
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