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Sociology

Sociology can be defined as the systematic study of human action and interaction from a social or group perspective.
What is Sociology?

Sociology can be defined as the systematic study of human action and interaction from a social or group perspective. It can include the study of social structures both big and small. For example, a sociologist could study the ways in which individual customers engage with individual shop assistants at Topshop as well as the social norms and values that lie behind international trade relations.
 
A Level Sociology is a lively, interesting and often exciting subject to study. It can give you a much greater appreciation of society, and the different groups of people who comprise society. Furthermore, Sociology helps you develop a historical understanding of society and an understanding of how and why society might, or might not, change in the future.

What is Sociology at DLD?

The course is very student centred. There is an emphasis upon class discussion, debate and argument. You will get involved in group presentations and learn to think independently, to be someone who takes responsibility for their own progress and achievement. Because DLD is equipped with modern ICT equipment, you will learn by watching film and video clips, by focusing on colourful and interactive PowerPoint presentations and by using the internet. So studying A Level Sociology at DLD is fun, interesting and exciting.

How is it assessed?

AS Weighting Format
 

    Weighting Format
Paper 1 Education with Method in Context 50% 1 Hour 30 mins exam
Paper 2 Research Methods and Families and Households 50% 1 Hour 30 mins exam

 

A Level Weighting Format

 

    Weighting Format
Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods 33.3% 2 Hour Exam
Paper 2 Families and Households; Beliefs in Society 33.3% 2 Hour Exam
Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 33.3% 2 Hour Exam

 
Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

The most important thing that you need is an interest in why we behave in the way that we do. For most sociologists, behaviour is not natural; it is learned. We are socialised in certain ways and so if you are interested in the processes that shape our sense of self this subject is for you. Sociology at DLD is concerned with real-world issues with policy relevance, such as social inequality, organised crime, the social basis of political conflict and changes in family relationships and gender roles.

Good subject combinations

Sociology is complemented by the arts and humanities because these subjects also develop an understanding of key sociological perspectives. So, for example, in English you may explore a Marxist or feminist interpretation of a text like ‘Great Expectations’. In Geography you will study demography – trends in the size and characteristics of populations – and in Sociology, you will study the social forces that produce these patterns. Psychology and Sociology are compatible too. In particular there is significant overlap in research methods.

 

Moreover, Sociology is, as August Comte once said, the ‘Queen of the Sciences’. While you will not be working in a lab testing hypotheses, you will be putting sociological arguments to the test in a systematic, objective and logical way. Indeed Sociologists uncover ‘social facts’ in the same way that BiologistsChemists and Physicists uncover ‘facts of nature’. It is a subject then that is compatible with all other academic disciplines.

After DLD

In giving you a greater understanding of the broad social structures that shape human action and interaction, Sociology could, to provide just a few examples, lead to a career in:

 

  • Advertising
  • Personnel
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • Public Health
  • The Non-Government Sector
  • Public Relations

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Questions

Q. Can I do the course in one year?
A. Yes.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.
 
At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.
 
If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

I was very worried when I first started taking Sociology as it was totally different from what I had taken in high school. The one-to-one feedback I got as well as the full support from my teacher really helped me achieve what I aimed for and even led to me winning the CIFE Social Sciences Award! The range of topics I studied during my two years was very interesting and made me more aware of various interactions happening around me in society. The subject was made more intriguing through the investigation of various issues from very different perspectives such as Marxists, Feminists and Functionalists All in all, choosing to study Sociology at DLD was the right decision!

Caroline San Kyi – DLD Graduate

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