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Sociology AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of societies. It looks at how people live, behave and work together in groups. It asks questions about the world that we live in and tries to explain why it is the way it is.  As a Sociology student you must not take for granted aspects of our world. You must possess an open mind and be prepared to deal with abstract ideas as well as factual information. Be prepared for some controversial issues.

Studying A level Sociology will help to critically discuss sociological arguments and to debate their arguments with substantial evidence. Students will be expected to do lots of reading, taking notes, essay writing, carrying out sociological studies, discussion and internet research.

Course content

AS Level  

  • Paper 1 Education with methods
  • Paper 2 Methods and topics in sociology

A2 Level

  • Paper 1  Education with methods
  • Paper 2 Methods and topics in sociology
    Beliefs in Society
  • Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages. 


Examining Body:  AQA

All units are assessed by means of examinations

Future opportunities

As well as leading to careers in Sociological research, of which there are many, studying Sociology at A level develops transferable skills and the ability to work well with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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