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Sociology A level at St Michael's Church of England High School

Course description

Sociology will change how you see yourself and the world around you. It will encourage you to question things that others take for granted. It will help you understand who you are and your place in the world.

Course content

Sociology offers a fascinating insight into social and cultural issues. It combines theoretical perspectives and research evidence to explain how societies work and the reasons for inequalities in society. Sociology provides an understanding of the power of society in shaping who we are. Topics studied include Families and Households, Education, Research Methods and Sociological Theories, Belief Systems and Crime and Deviance.


Examination – Paper 1 (Education with Methods in Context) AS (50%) 1.5 hours
Examination – Paper 2 (Research Methods and Families and Households) AS (50%) 1.5 hours

Examination – Paper 1 (Education with Theory and Methods) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours
Examination – Paper 2 (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours
Examination – Paper 3 (Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours

All assessment is via external examination following the AQA specification.

Future opportunities

You can go to university to study degrees in Sociology, Criminology, Youth Justice, Law, Nursing and Social Work. A sociological understanding is useful for any career working with people and is specifically part of the training for many. Sociologists take up careers in Teaching, Law, the medical and caring professions, counselling, the police, social/probation work, journalism, sales, and management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

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