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Sociology Level 3 AS & A2 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

Sociology gives you an understanding of important aspects of society, and of how sociologists study and explain people's behaviour. Studying sociology will enable you to discuss social issues in a more informed manner. It will also help you to make sense of your own and other people's experiences. Sociologists attempt to answer many questions such as:

a) Who commits crime and why?

b) How can the increasing divorce rate be explained?

c) How have our views on childhood changed?

d) Do males commit more crimes than females?

e) Is the education system fair or do teachers tend to favour some kinds of students over others?

Course content

Course content

Year 12 - AS

2 written papers

Unit 1 - Families and households

This module covers many different aspects of family life by trying to answer questions such as;

Are husbands and wives today equal?

Is the position of children today better or worse than in the past?

Why has the size and structure of families changed?

Why are the figures for divorce, cohabitation and births outside marriage changing?

Unit 2 - Education and Sociological Methods

This module covers the four main questions that sociologists ask about education. These are;

Why do some pupils achieve more than others?

What is the role of education in society?

How do gender, race and class affect an individual's experience of school?

How do the government's policies affect students in education?

Along with an understanding of the different techniques that sociologists use to collect information on society. These techniques include: observation, questionnaires, interviews, official statistics, case studies, etc.

Entry requirements

If studied at GCSE must achieve a grade C or above. A good command of English is necessary to cope with the essay writing requirements of the course, grade C or above is required in English.


Exam Structure

In year 12 all modules are assessed with written examinations

Unit one is a 1 hour paper that will be assessed in the summer. Unit two is a 2 hour paper that will also be assessed in the summer.

In year 13 unit 3 is assessed in January with a 90 minutes written paper. Unit 4 is assessed in the summer with a two hour written paper .

Future opportunities

Potential HE Links and Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities that sociology can lead to. Some of these include:

Administration and management

Sales, marketing and buying

Financial work


Health and social welfare


Teaching and lecturing

Further information

Many of the topics covered are contemporary and students are encouraged to think critically about the society in which they live. Students will develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation and will develop an awareness of social and cultural diversity. Many teaching methods are used to enable a full understanding of the idea of 'society'. For example discussion, group work, displays, presentations, analysis of texts, studies and the mass media, written work and reading. If you continually question theory and require evidence to substantiate a viewpoint and would like to find out more about the way people interact and behave, sociology is an interesting and demanding subject for you to embark upon.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed Sociology this year. It is a very interesting subject, especially as it allows you to establish connections between your own personal experiences and the sociological perspectives around each topic, for example education, families and households. It allows you to gain the knowledge and understanding of how society has changed to be what it is today. The teachers are very supportive and help ease you into a subject which you may never have been taught before. '

Danielle Kerr

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Years