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Sociology AS/A-Level at The Appleton School

Course description

Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. Sociology tries to understand how various social institutions such as the family and education system operate, how they relate to one another and in whose interest they operate. Sociology is concerned with describing and explaining the patterns of inequality, power and conflict that are features of nearly all societies.

To learn sociology is to learn about how human societies are constructed and where our beliefs and daily routines come from. We learn about how our identities are formed and the influence of social class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and age on our opportunities in life. Sociology is above all about developing a critical understanding of the taken for granted assumptions which we all hold and which influence the way we think about ourselves and others. In developing this, Sociology can itself contribute to changes in society, for example by highlighting and explaining social problems like unemployment, poverty and crime. The study of Sociology can provide the essential tools for a better understanding of the world we live in and therefore the means for improving it.

Course content

AS course content

  • Education
  • Families and Households
  • Research Methods

A Level course conent

  • Education
  • Families and Households
  • Research Methods
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Beliefs in Society


AS: Two examinations, each 1 hour 30 minutes.

A-Level: Three examinations, each 2 hours.

Future opportunities

  • Journalism
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Health Professions
  • Law
  • Urban and Rural Planning
  • Politics and Political Consulting

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years