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Sociology - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of Human Behaviour, including the Organisation of Society and the Influence of Gender, Social Class, Ethnicity and Age.

Students will be able to apply Sociology to an analysis of contemporary society and their own experience and to critically evaluate concepts and theories.

You do not need to have a GCSE qualification to study this subject.

It has been designed so that candidates will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills. It has also been designed to allow the integration of sociological themes, such as socialisation, culture and identity and social differentiation, power and stratification.

At AS Level students study two units

Unit 1 - Families and Households.

Unit 2 - Education and Research Methods.

At A2 Level students study also study two units

Unit 3 - Beliefs in Society.

Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance & Theory and Methods.


Course content

A range of approaches will be used including formal classroom teaching, research presentation, individual and group work and discussions and debates. Students will be encouraged to read widely and to keep abreast of current affairs.

The specification offers the choice of following a coursework or non-coursework route at A Level. The specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. Equally, material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in the field of Social Sciences.

AS and A Level courses based on this specification should enable candidates to:

a.   acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social 
      processes and structures;

b.  appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological

c.  understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods; d.
     reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live;

d. develop skills which enhance their ability to participate more effectively in adult
     life. There should be a focus on contemporary society. Where appropriate,
    comparative and/or historical materials may be introduced.

In addition, A Level specifications in Sociology should enable candidates to: demonstrate a deeper understanding of the connections between the nature of sociological thought, methods of sociological enquiry and substantive sociological topics.

Entry requirements

Prior learning.

The specification provides a smooth transition from GCSE Sociology, although this is not a pre-requisite for studying AS/A Level Sociology.

Candidates who have a Grade C in English Language or similar attainment at Key Stage 4 will find that those skills will suitably equip them for the study of this specification. However, no prior learning is necessary for candidates to undertake a course of study based on this specification and those candidates returning to study, as part of their lifelong learning, will need no previous attainment in this subject.



AS level

Unit 1 - 1 hour exam

Unit 2 - 2 hour exam


Unit 3 - 1 hour 30 minutes exam

Unit 4 - 2 hour exam

Board : AQA

Future opportunities

Many Sociologists go on to find work in the Public Sector, which includes Teaching, Nursing and Social Work.  It is particularly useful in any career where you work with people or in an organisation such as  the Police, the Legal profession, Personnel work or Managerial occupations.  It can be used in combination with any other AS or A Level subject for entry onto degree or college courses.

Further information

For more information, contact Mrs Hawkins.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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