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Sociology, A Level
What will I do on this A Level?
This course teaches you to understand the five main sociological perspectives and apply these ideas to the academic study of society. The main topics covered on this A Level include culture, socialisation and identity, research methods, globalisation and beliefs.
A key feature of the social sciences is the application of subjective ideas. This subject offers a range of approaches to understand society, and interpretation and perception are a key part of this. It is important that before the start of the course you take the time to research the subject and have a basic understanding of what sociology entails. Debates will often focus on cultural practices looking at why some ideas are acceptable in some cultures and not acceptable in others, for example arranged marriage and the death penalty.
How will I be assessed?
Units are assessed through three formal exams at the end of year two.
What could I do after this A Level?
This course is an ideal stepping stone for study at degree-level in sociology, social work, international relations and social policy.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English and maths.
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Social or humanities scientist
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Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.
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Naomi Race, A Level - Psychology, sociology and English
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A Levels: Psychology, sociology and English
What next? Naomi achieved three As and will progress to study English and sociology at Leeds University.