Are you interested in people and their behaviour? If the answer is 'Yes', then sociology could be the right course for you. Sociology asks lots of questions about the relationships between groups of people within society and explores issues of identity, inequality and power.
Sociology will allow you to see your social world in a different way and question taken for granted assumptions about the way that you live. You will improve your skills in research, analysis and critical reasoning.
Sociology is the study of society and looks at how everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we will study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships. The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will be made to other cultures as well.
You will be involved in many different activities including:
You may also choose to be involved in one of trips to Brighton to look at Mod culture, to New York to look at the Americanisation of cultural identity or you may attend a student conference on recent research in Criminology or Anthropological research on feral children or attend a lecture on social inequality.
This is a new-style linear A level course. You will NOT take an external AS exam at the end of the first year. In the second year of the course, you will take external exams that assess content covered in the first and second year. These exams will determine your A level grade.
Any subject combination is possible, but the skills developed compliment other subjects in humanities and social sciences such as psychology, philosophy, history, government and politics, citizenship and law as well as economics, media and film studies.
Many of our sociology students go on to take degrees in sociology or a related field such as anthropology, criminology or education. Sociology is also considered good preparation and an acceptable entrance qualification for other courses at degree level.
Common career pathways taken by sociology graduates include journalism, law, PR, marketing, social research, politics, charity (NGO), development work, teaching, social work and nursing.
It is also a useful subject for those not wishing to go to university and wanting to follow careers such as the police, armed forces, civil service and working with children or the elderly.
The best sociology students are interested in the world around them and pay attention to respectable news bulletins. We recommend that over the summer, students take the opportunity to not only keep up to date with current affairs but to also watch any of the fascinating documentaries produced by the BBC or Channel 4 about society and human behaviour. Good examples include the Cutting Edge series, Horizon, Panorama or Dispatches.
Many topics of sociological debate are also documented in British films and novels. Films such as 'Brick Lane', 'Billy Elliot', 'This is England', 'Made in Dagenham' and 'Pride' brilliantly document changes to British society in relation to ethnic, social class, gender and age identity. All of which are key topics embedded throughout the course.
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OCR sociology for A Level Book 1 - ISBN: 9781471839481, Hodder Education 2015, RRP: £24.99, also available as as eTextbook from £16.
OCR sociology for A Level Book 2 - ISBN: 9781471839450, Hodder Education 2016, RRP: £24.99