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Sociology (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society. It aims to explain how institutions (for example the family, education, religion and the media) within society make people behave the way that they do. Have you ever wondered …………

  •  How being poor affects education?
  •  Why 1 in 4 marriages end in divorce?
  •  Why women suffer an average of 33 domestic violence attacks before going to the police?
  •  Why we obsess over fashion labels?
  •  Why black males are 7 times more likely to be stopped and searched?
  •  What is ‘chav culture’?

Course content

Year 12 – 4 Compulsory Topics

  • Education  
  • Methods in Context
  • Research Methods
  • Families and Households

The topics are assessed in two examinations in Summer 2016. The exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes long, each worth 60 marks in total and make up 50% of the AS Level.

Year 13

  • Education  
  • Methods in Context  
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods
  • Families and Households
  • Beliefs in Society

The topics are assessed by three examinations in Summer 2017. The  exams are two hours long, each worth 80 marks.

Entry requirements

Sociology is a demanding subject. For this reason you will need:

  •  Grade B or above in English Language GCSE
  •  Grade C or above in mathematics GCSE
  •  Grade C or above in Science GCSE

Future opportunities

Sociology is a highly valued course and prepares students for a variety of courses in higher education. Particularly relevant areas are law, academic research, advertising, criminology, social policy planning, teaching, journalism and social work.

Further information

Who Might the Course Suit?

Sociology is an exciting subject that challenges your everyday experience. It will help you develop skills to assess different views and reach conclusions about society, based on careful consideration of evidence. Students should be interested in contemporary social issues and will be expected to be well informed in political and social debates.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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