Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and
identity issues which affect us all.
You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to
investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to
enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic
range of interesting careers.
Berger states that, the fascination of Sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives....It can be said that the first wisdom of Sociology is this "things are not what they seem".
(Berger, P. 1966, Invitation to Sociology, Harmondsworth, Penguin)
GCSE Sociology follows the WJEC Specification. This is a linear qualification. Pupils are only assessed at the end of the two years.
Pupils will study topics such as Crime and Deviance, Education and Families and Households.
A-Level Sociology follows the AQA specification. The structure of course and scheme of assessment is as follows:
Two examinations at the end of Year 13 - 40% of A-Level:
Unit 1 - Culture, Identity and Families and Households (50% of AS Grade)
Unit 2 - Education and Sociological Methods (50% of A Level).
Two examinations at the end of Year 14 and an option to repeat AS modules - 60% of A-Level:
Unit 1 - Education and Sociological Methods (33.3% of A Level).
Unit 2 –Families and Households and Beliefs in Society (33.3% of A Level)
Unit 3 - Crime and Deviance (33.3% of A level)
Working with others
Awareness of local and global affairs
Studying Sociology may lead on to a wide variety of careers including Criminology, Social Work, Law, Journalism and Media, Administration and Medicine. Many sociology students go onto study this subject either on its own or as part of combined Arts or Social Science degree. A background in Sociology is useful for many other subject areas.
Advice worker, Community development worker, Counsellor, Further education lecturer, Social researcher, Social worker, Charity fundraiser, Housing manager/officer, Human resources officer, Primary school teacher, Probation officer, Secondary school teacher, Youth worker