Studying A Level Sociology develops your understanding of how society is organised and how we experience life. The skills and knowledge you develop throughout your course will often focus on the human activities and relationships that connect individuals, groups and institutions and are relevant to a wide variety of careers.

You will have developed ideas relating to a range of human and societal issues including the economy, work, gender, race, social inequalities, social norms, deviance, the social environment, organisations, religion, class, relationships and health.

The units covered in this course are:

AS – 1st year

At this level, candidates will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Students will be encouraged to develop their own social awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Unit 1: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
Unit 2: Education with Research Methods; Health with Research Methods

Each unit has a number of choices. Our choices for this year are highlighted in bold.

A2 – 2nd year

At this level, students will continue to focus on contemporary society but they should demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding and more highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Unit 3: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics
Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

Each unit has a number of choices. Our choices for this year are highlighted in bold.

Career Paths with an A Level in Sociology:

  • Social Researcher
  • Charity Worker
  • Counsellor Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Police
  • Officer Journalist

Overview of Course and Assessment

  • Unit 1 –Family and Households: 1 hour written exam ; 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
  • Unit 2 – Education with Research: 2 hour written exam; 60% of AS, 30% of A level
  • Unit 3 – Mass Media: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam; 20% of A Level
  • Unit 4 – Crime and Deviance: 2 hour exam; 30% of A Level

Skills needed to succeed:

  • Ability to research and evaluating complex information
  • Ability to make reasoned arguments orally and in written work
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to handle statistical and other quantitative data
  • Ability to understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world

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