Sociology is study of social behaviour, or society. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does. They study the way that both behaviour and opportunities can be influenced by age, social class, age, gender and race. Studying A level Sociology will help you understand the ways in which individual lives are shaped by social institutions such as the media, the education system and religion. You will also study important contemporary problems such as poverty, religious extremism and crime. Through the study of Sociology, you will develop a range of transferable skills, including the ability to construct and deconstruct arguments both orally and written, analyse information critically and present information logically. You will also study both qualitative and quantitative research methods, so that you are able to statistically analyse data as well as understand how to undertake questionnaires and interviews.
Learning about research methods is a theme that you will investigate throughout the course.
Jobs directly related to studying sociology at degree level include being a family support worker, social worker, youth worker, FE teacher and an international aid worker. In addition, a Sociology qualification provides you with skills and knowledge which are useful in a wide range of areas including a probation officer, human resources officer, charity fundraiser and a public relations officer.