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Sociology A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

Sociology offers a distinct and illuminating perspective on human behaviour. Learning Sociology means taking a step back from our own personal interpretations of the world, to look at the social influences that shape our lives. It gives us a richer awareness of our own characteristics and those of others. The scope of Sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the study of ethnic gender and class groups to the significance of globalisation. You will learn to be analytical, to question assumptions – your own included - about what is normal and natural in society. Are you willing to look at the world in a different way? You will be expected to take an interest in current affairs, debate issues, research evidence, and be prepared to read widely around relevant topics.

Course content

At A-Level, candidates will also focus on contemporary society but they should demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding combined with more highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. The specification has three papers:

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

(2 hour 30 minutes written exam, 33.3% of total A-Level marks)

Paper 2: One from topic list A:

(2 hour 30 minutes written exam, 33.3% of total A-Level marks)

List A
- Culture and Identity
- Families and Households
- Health
- Work, Poverty and Welfare

And one from topic list B:
- Beliefs in Society
- Global Development
- The Media
- Stratification and Differentiation

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

(2 hour written exam 33.3% of A-Level)

This includes a range of sociological explanations for crime, deviance, social order and control in modern societies. As well as investigating patterns of offending you will examine debates and evidence related to the criminal justice system. The second part of the exam assesses the major issues in sociological research.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 


A range of approaches are used, including in-depth studies of previous research, student research, video, visits, discussion and note-taking. Learning objectives are set for each unit and these may be assessed in a variety of ways, for example essays, data response questions, group presentations and research reports.

Future opportunities

An appreciation of Sociology will deepen your understanding of social change and the contemporary world. It will also give you the ability to conduct and analyse research. Sociology is a suitable subject to complement Science, Social Science and/or Arts subjects. A study of Sociology will not only develop your critical thinking but also develop key skills such as communication and ICT. A Sociology qualification is highly relevant for careers in media, law, the health services, education, sales and market research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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