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Sociology AS level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The course sets out to equip students with a critical understanding of contemporary social processes, an appreciation of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate and an understanding of sociological methodology and research methods. Students will learn to identify, select and evaluate data, arguments, theories and evidence and how to present material effectively. The course is assessed by examination and often leads to further study at university, on its own or in combination. Employers value the range of key transferable skills gained.

Course content

The AS course comprises of 2 units:

Unit 1       Education with Methods in Context

Unit 2       Families and Households with Research Methods 


There are two core themes, which should be understood as running through the Units:

•      Socialisation, Culture and Identity

•      Social Differentiation, Power and Stratification 


Course Skills

•      To identify, select and communicate factual information in a coherent manner

•      To analyse and evaluate data, methods, social trends and theories, arguments and evidence 

•      To use evidence to support and sustain arguments and conclusions and to develop problem solving skills 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  The course is open to anyone with an interest in sociological issues.

We would expect students to have gained a B grade at GCSE in a subject, which requires essay style answers, e.g. Religious Studies, English Literature, History, Latin. 


Unit 1         Examination 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2        Examination 1 hour 30 minutes 

There is no coursework in Sociology. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the A level will give access to a range of possible career and Higher Education opportunities.  The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.  These include the skills of collecting, synthesising and interpreting and evaluating information from a range of sources.  The findings of your research will need to be effectively communicated.  You will also be required to identify and develop the links between the different parts of the subject that you have studied.  These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities and colleges as being of great value.

Sociology combines well with almost all other humanities, such as History, Geography, Religious Studies and English.  In addition, if taken with Sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Sociology will give you a broad-based curriculum.

Some students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to Higher Education.  Because AS and A level Sociology develop the transferable skills and the key skills that employers are looking for, they can help you take advantage of a wide range of employment opportunities.  However most students use the analytical skills gained to study at university.  Sociology is an option as are other subjects which use these high level, analytical skills e.g. Philosophy, Theology, Psychology. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September