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Sociology

Sociology was established in the early 19th Century when French academics argued that society’s dramatic changes needed to be examined closely and fully understood; with modern society being far from perfect, our need for social awareness is arguably even more urgent.

Sociology offers students the chance to study and understand society in ways that are more sophisticated than ‘common sense’ views. Students will acquire the kinds of skills offered by other Arts and Humanities subjects, with an emphasis on being able to write in timed conditions – thus preparing all well for examinations.

Regarding the value of Sociology A-level beyond the Sixth Form, it is a sound subject for those applying for any Arts/Humanities/Social Science degrees and can, of course, be taken in preparation for any careers that are in some way ‘social’, such as in Education, the Law and so on.

Sociology is an established degree course at all universities, being a vital part of Cambridge’s Human, Social and Political Sciences degree and an option in the renowned PPE course at Oxford. In recent years, the destinations of Owen’s Sociology students have included Geography (at Cambridge), Archaeology and Ancient History (at Oxford) and Social Policy at the LSE.

The AQA A-level course is followed which comprises Education (Paper 1), Family and Research Methods (Paper 2), Crime with the Media and Sociological Theory (Paper 3). The topics from Papers 1 and 2 make up the A/S level.

For queries contact Mr Dodd 
doddp@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk