Sociology | Selby College
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A Level, Level 3


Sociology is the study of human society and involves questioning many aspects of life that we take for granted. We will explore changes in society and seek to explain them.

You do not have to have studied Sociology before, but must be prepared to read and be open-minded – we will discuss different opinions and identify strengths and weaknesses in different arguments.

The subject is useful for anyone considering a career working with people as it helps understand what motivates human beings.

You will study a variety of areas, including:

• The Family – What is a family? How has the family changed recently and what are the reasons for these changes?

• Education – What is the role of schools? What are the reasons why some people succeed in education and some do not?

• Crime and Deviance – Why do some people commit crime? How reliable are crime statistics? What is the role of the police, the courts and the prisons?

• Research Methods – The strengths and limitations of the different methods that sociologists use for investigating society.

• Beliefs in Society – Has science replaced religion in modern society? What role does religion play in society?

In studying these topics you will also examine:

• The Influence of the Media

• The Impact of Gender, Social Class and Ethnicity

• The Impact of Globalisation on Modern Society

Many of our students progress to study a university degree in Sociology, Criminology, Journalism or Humanities. In order to study Sociology at university, the following A Levels are considered to be useful to your application alongside Sociology: Psychology, Geography, English Literature or English Language.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Civil Service Administrator

5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English Language and Maths


Grade 5 in English Language or Literature

100% Exam

Where can it lead?