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Sociology A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human societies and how they interact to shape people’s beliefs, behaviours and identity. It focuses on contemporary society and explores the key themes of socialisation; social differentiation; power; stratification; culture and identity through research and theories on the core topics of education, crime and deviance, families and households and beliefs in society. Sociology explores how society has changed over time, touching on subjects like industrialisation, urbanisation, inequality and globalisation. The course also examines sociological theories and research methods. This is a linear A-level.

Course content

Paper 1 A-level

Education; Theory and Methods 2 hour exam / 1/3 A level

Paper 2 A-level

Families and Households; Beliefs in Society
Topics in Sociology
2 hour exam / 1/3 A level

Paper 3 A-level

Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods
2 hour exam / 1/3 A level

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade C in a GSCE Humanities subject.


The assessment methods within Sociology are designed to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking. There is no coursework component and the exams mainly consist of extended writing pieces. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed throughout the course, including the practical application of research methods.

Future opportunities

As a respected academic subject and the original Social Science, Sociology is well regarded by all the top universities, including the Russell Group and by employers for its theoretical and evidential base. Knowledge of social change, the different social groups and cultures that form contemporary society and the challenges this brings, together with critical thinking and a clear understanding of research methods are all seen as assets by both employers and universities.

Further information

As a theoretical and analytical discipline, Sociology is often taken by students alongside the Humanities, Social Sciences and English. It is often a requirement for those wishing to study or pursue a career in Law, Teaching, Advertising and some aspects of medicine, such as Midwifery or Physiotherapy. It is also taken by students studying a combination of Sciences and Mathematics in order to broaden their intellectual horizons.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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