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Sociology A level at Chace Community School

Course description

Most students enjoy sociology as the lessons often deal with topical and controversial issues.  Lessons encompass a range of activities including note-taking, answering structured questions, planning and writing essays, debating issues, student presentations, watching videos and preparing for exams. Students will also be expected to research topics and complete written work at home or in study periods. 

Course content

Unit 1 - Families and Households (Year 12) – including role of the family in society, changing shape of the family and position of women and children in the modern family. 

Unit 2Education/Methods in Context (Year 12) – including the reasons for differing educational attainment of particular social groups, government policies affecting the education system and the role of education in society. 

Unit 3 - Beliefs in Society (Year 13) – including the role of religion in society, the debate as to whether religion can act as a force for social change or maintain the status quo. 

Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods (Year 13) – including defining crime and deviance, differing views on the role of and reasons for deviance in society, and consideration of types of crime and who commits them. 

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied this subject at GCSE. 


The course is examined through written questions.   

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods (A two hour examination based on structured responses and essay questions)

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology – Families and Households and Beliefs in Society (A two hour examination based on structured responses and essay questions) 

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (A two hour examination based on structured responses and essay questions) 

Future opportunities

Almost all universities have large and thriving Sociology Departments.  Sociology can also be taken as a joint degree with other subjects such as English, Media, Psychology, Philosophy and Politics. Sociology is very relevant to the world of work.  Sociology ‘A’ level students or graduates enter a variety of careers including: Nursing, Police Service, Advertising, Journalism, Teaching and lecturing, Politics, Law, Advice and welfare work, leisure and tourism, public relations.   

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September