Geneva English School



This study of society offers a unique lens through which to examine the complex web of human interactions and the structures that shape our lives and humanity. This A Level course provides an engaging exploration of sociological concepts, theories, and methods that will empower you to better understand the world and your place within it.

As C. Wright Mills once said, The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography, and the relationship between the two within society. This is its task and its promise.

Course content

  • Introduction to Sociology: Delve into the foundations of sociology, understanding its history and key thinkers.
  • Social Structures: Examine the structures that underpin society, including family, education, and religion.
  • Social Change: Explore the dynamics of social change, globalisation, and social movements.
  • Social Inequalities: Analyse the impact of class, race, gender, and other factors on social inequalities.
  • Research Methods: Develop your research skills and learn to conduct sociological investigations.

Inspirational starting point

To begin your sociological journey, reflect on this thought-provoking quote by sociologist Emile Durkheim: Man is pre-eminently a social animal. This quote sets the stage for your exploration of how human beings are deeply interconnected and how society shapes our thoughts, behaviours, and aspirations.

Preparation for the Course

This A Level course requires dedication, critical thinking, and an open mind. We will provide you with the necessary textbooks, resources, and access to online databases. You will be expected to engage in stimulating class discussions, research projects, and essays. Be prepared to think critically about the world around you and be open to challenging your preconceptions.

Remember that sociology is a dynamic field, so staying up-to-date with current events and research is also important as you progress in your studies.

Future pathways

This course will provide you with valuable knowledge, analytical skills and research capabilities crucial for higher education and careers in sociology or a related social science, such as psychology. Sociology graduates are ideally prepared for opportunities in fields such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Law,
  • Journalism,
  • Human rights,
  • Marketing and more.
  • Entrance criteria
  • Exam Board & Specification
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Entrance criteria

Exam Board & Specification