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Sociology AS/A Level at The Ripley Academy

Course description

AS content

Topics include – Education, with specific reference to UK policy and globalization, families and households, with an emphasis on changing characteristics over time. Students will also study research methods.

Full A level content

AS content plus the following topics – Crime and deviance and beliefs in society. In addition to research methods at AS level students will also study sociological theory, this will be applied to the crime and deviance topic.

Entry requirements

The course requires students to be skilled in Mathematics, Science and English as these are all assessed as part of the qualification. Students are required to have a grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science. 


Assessment of the AQA Sociology course is by written examination. The examinations are in June. The AS course features two 90 minute examinations. The full A-level course features three 120 minute exams. All exams are at the end of the year (summative assessment).

Further information

With a qualification in Sociology you could go on to Further or Higher Education. Sociology is positively regarded by university admissions tutors so makes an exceptional additional subject within an academic A-level programme. A-level Sociology also requires the development of critical thinking skills. This is seen as a huge positive in the employment market.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ripley Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September