Sociology is the study of human society and how we experience human life. It is a very popular subject at Poole High School with growing numbers each year. Sociology has a contemporary feel linking classic studies with what is happening in the world today. A Level Sociology complements most other A Levels including Psychology, Ethics, Health and Social Care, History, Media and Politics.

I haven’t done it at GCSE, does that matter?

No, most students haven’t studied it at GCSE, so don’t worry!

If you are interested in current affairs, inequality, how society affects our lives, inequalities in gender, age, class, ethnicity and sexuality, then Sociology will definitely interest you.

Departmental Courses

A Level Sociology

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About the course

During this A level course students will be able to explore sociological terms, concepts and ideas and the work of sociologists. They will then be able to apply these to a range of scenarios, topics and issues so that they can make links between them. Students will also develop the ability to question the usefulness of theories and research studies, further developing their evaluative and analytical skills.

A-Level Sociology students study five topics: Families and Households, Education, Theory and Methods, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance.

How you will be assessed

A-Level Sociology course is a two-year qualification that is assessed through three, two -hour written examinations:

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

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Sociology students go on to a variety of different career paths including nursing, occupational therapy, criminology, childcare, media and social work.