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    Next year is my gap year and I've decided to sit an intensive A level in either English Lit, Chemistry or Sociology.

    I have some AS experience in Lit and Chem, but have pretty much no idea how sociology is. Is it similar to Psychology a-level? (Mainly memorising a bunch of studies) or different in any way?


    Boring, repetitive, loads of reading, you dont have a specific text book, you just read other BOOKS, in many cases you dont talk specifically about the subject, but you go around it. For 4 lectures of talking you can describe sociology as a science for society - 4 words.

    you DO have interesting topics though, but they are mostly anthropological. In year 1 I studied feminism, class division, globalization ( the topic that sucked so much) and other stuff.

    As a whole - you can skip all lectures and just read in the library.
    you memories names, cases (loads) and stuff like this, tribes, who supports whatever theory. At the end you have no idea what that guy was talking about in the whole book.

    In lectures you dont have facts, they just talk and say nothing most of the time, so no, its not like psychology.

    but thats just my opinion

    I'm doing AS Sociology at the moment, and its probably my easiest subject out of what I do (Psych, Bio, French). I'm on the AQA board and we do have a textbook for it. AS covers Families & Households and Education. It's pretty interesting, but can be dull at times. Especially the research methods (but thats probably 'cause i cover similar stuff in Psych, so i do it twice!). You gotta memorise names, and what different sociologists do but I think it can't be too hard to get a good grade in it!! =)

    I didn't do psychology, but I think the subjects tend to be taught in a similar way. It does require learning a lot of studies and perspectives, but I found the content really interesting. Most people would consider it the easiest of the three, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if you've already got your A-levels. It's not a blacklisted subject. If you've got an interest in society and how different social institutions function, it should be enjoyable.

    I do AS with OCR and we have a textbook too .

    There's lots of studies/names of sociologists to learn; but I find it interesting. If you have an interest in society as a whole and are pretty good at writing essay-type answers; you should enjoy it.

    I'd also say it's the easiest subject I do (EngLang, History, French), but I'll probably be changing that when my January module result comes back! =O

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

    I'm doing Higher sociology, so I know it's not exactly the same as A-level, but I thought I'd contribute anyway.

    I freaking hate it. The content confuses me, but I think this is partly due to my tutor being a bit crap. She doesn't explain very much, and I joined the class 2 months late so this could be a factor. I also take psychology, and I find the content very different between the two. The psychological theories are much more interesting and easier to understand, in my opinion, and even the studies are easier to remember in psych rather than soc.

    Everyone's different though, so if you want to take sociology then go for it, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. Most of my classmates love it, so take whatever you want from that.

    You have a textbook with AQA too.

    Sociology is easy at AS and interesting enough to keep up with. At A2 it's horrendously boring and repetitive, you're also expected to have a brain like a sponge.
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