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Sociology A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why Study Sociology?
Sociology is a relevant, exciting and current course that provides an insight into how our behaviour is shaped by the world around us. The topics covered on the AS Level/A Level course help to explain why people are no longer choosing to marry, why middle class students achieve better grades in school, how religion can unify and divide a society and why crime is concentrated in inner city areas. If you are inquisitive and keen to understand these points, Sociology is the course for you.

In Sociology we examine different sociological perspectives that provide a unique take on society, the variety of research methods employed by different groups of sociologists and the strengths and weaknesses of employing them to study aspects of society. You will need to be able to assess the quality of the sociological views and methods covered, be good at working on your own and as part of a group, take part in discussions and debates, construct balanced arguments and keep up to date with relevant news stories.

Course content

The AS Level course consists of four topics:
1. Education
2. Methods in Context
3. Research Methods
4. Families and Households

The A Level course consists of six topics:
1. Education
2. Methods in Context
3. Crime and Deviance
4. Theory and Methods
5. Families and Households
6. Beliefs in Society


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

A Level - The topics are assessed by three examinations. The exams are two hours long, each worth 80 marks in total and make up 33.3% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

Studying Sociology provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular university courses. For example, Criminology, Education Studies and Social Policy. Sociology provides knowledge and skills that are transferable to a number of careers such as Education, Media, Health and so on

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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