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Area of study:
Social Sciences
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 6, including at least a grade 6 in English.

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Why study this course?

Sociology looks at the relationship between people and the society they live in. You should choose sociology if: you are interested in finding out about the way yours and other people’s societies work; you would like to find out whether your background affects your views and beliefs; you want to carry out your own research projects to explain people’s attitudes and behaviours; you plan to progress into any profession related to working with people, children or legal matters.

What will I study?

You will build on your awareness and understanding of social and cultural diversity in today’s societies. You will study education, crime and deviance, along with the theories and methodologies for these subjects. You will study culture and identity, families and households, health, and work, poverty and welfare or beliefs in society, global development, the media, and stratification and differentiation.

How is this course assessed?

Three 2 hour examinations, equally weighted.

What can I study with this course?

Sociology combines well with all subjects, since it will develop your ability to rationally debate, allow you to understand different demographics and their individual needs, enable you to look at arguments with an empathetic but level-headed view and with great social knowledge. In particular, it combines well with psychology, criminology and history.

Where does this qualification lead?

Studying sociology leads to careers in social work, nursing and medicine. However, it is also useful if you aspire to a career in marketing, PR, journalism, law or teaching. Due to the research and writing skills you will acquire, it is a highly beneficial subject if you wish to study degrees in politics, philosophy, marketing, media studies, healthcare and sociology.

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