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Sociology A-Level at The Warren School

Course description

Sociology is a thought provoking and challenging subject for students who, often for the first time, start to question previously held views about the world in which they live. The aim of the course is to lead students away from a “common sense” view of the social world to a realisation that Sociology is a rigorous academic subject involving specialist concepts and terminology. The theory of Sociology is at the heart of the course and students will be taught how to apply complex theoretical ideas to everyday issues such as educational failure and a decline in religious beliefs. There are six core themes that run through the whole course; Culture and Identity, Social Stratification, Socialisation and Power and Authority. Students will develop a range of evaluative, analytical an interpretation skills which they will be able to transfer to all subjects that demand an ability to communicate competing ideas in essay format.


Students will be assessed through written responses throughout the course and should expect an essay per week – determined by course coverage. Please note that from 2015 – first examination 2016, AS and A level will be de-coupled and both are linear. AS students will sit 2 papers (50% each) 1hour 30 minutes each, worth 60 marks each and will cover the compulsory content of Education and Methods in Context, plus an optional module taken from; Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health and Work, Poverty and Welfare. A2 Students will sit 3 papers, (33.3% each) 2 hours each, each paper worth 80 marks covering the above topics plus Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods. Students will be assessed against the following skills; knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation, interpretation and application.

Future opportunities

Over the years our students have used Sociology as a spring board to study related courses at various UK Universities including; Pure Sociology, Criminology, Law, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing and Journalism, Sports Science and Midwifery. Many of our alumni have continued to forge excellent careers as; teachers, social researchers, solicitors, journalists, midwives, ethical marketers, counsellors, youth workers, physiotherapists and probation officers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Warren School directly.

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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