Sociology is literally the study of society. The place we live, the place we work, the place we call home. But why is it so important, and why do some people find it so interesting?
Studying A Level Sociology at Gateshead College is your opportunity to delve into the complex and compelling world around us using expert and innovative teachers and techniques. Where others teach to the text book and the exam, we immerse you in subject to the point where it becomes an innate habit to analyse everything you see and hear from a sociological viewpoint. Having excellent links with local organisations allows our students to experience knowledge from all perspectives; universities, law courts, and the probation service all help in offering an experience unique to Gateshead College and one which inspires students to go on and study the subject at university and beyond. A Level Sociology leads to a vast array of career opportunities from teaching through to social work, and equips you with the skills and knowledge to grasp your future goals with both hands.
Year 1 - AS Level
In first year you will study:
- Education and Methods in Context
- Families and Households and Research Methods
Year 2 - A Level
In your second year you will study:
- Crime and Deviance & Theory and Methods
- Beliefs in Society
Year 1 - AS Level:
You will sit two written exams a at the end of the year, both lasting 1.5 hours.
- Education with Methods in Context
- Research Methods and Topics in Sociology
Year 2 - A Level:
You will sit three written exams , each lasting two hours.
- Education with Theory and Methods
- Topics in Sociology
- Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Your knowledge will also be assessed by frequent topic tests, mock assessments to help you prepare for the exams and practical assessments.
What can I study alongside Sociology?
Many of our students choose to study psychology, English, history or government and politics, depending on what university degree or career they have in mind.
What are the career opportunities?
You'll gain skills of critical thinking, knowledge and understanding of research methods and how to apply sociological theory to society’s organisations. You will also understand researching, judging and evaluating complex information and in turn learn how to understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world. Sociology will also enhance written and communicative skills through set assessment, debates and discussion. These skills are useful in many university degree, particularly the humanities such as English or history and social sciences.
Possible career destinations are broad as the skills you learn can be applied to many different areas. Suggested options include teaching, public services, social services, youth services, advice services, social researching or charity fundraising.