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Sociology - A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

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In this section you will study inequalities and functions of the education system. Research Methods you will study the methods Sociologists use to investigate behaviour. Families and Households you will study how families have changed over time and across cultures, and the future of the family.

Crime and Deviance

You will apply your knowledge of theories from year one to crime and deviance. You will also examine trends in crime and deviance. Theories and Methods you will apply your knowledge of theories of education and families from year one to over-arching theories of society and also analyse new theories of society. Beliefs you will apply your knowledge of the theories in sociology to beliefs in society. You will also study the impact that beliefs have had on wider society including secularisation.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:

A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.
A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.
Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Subject specific requirement*

  • May be studied at A level without prior study.  General entry criteria apply.



Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

2h written exam on Education, Theory and Methods in Context

80 marks (33.3% of total A-level)

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

2h written exam on Families and Households and Beliefs in Society

80 marks (33.3% of total A-level)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

2h written exam on Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods

80 marks (33.3% of total A-level)

Extended Learning

HE+ Extension Activities

Independent Research project


Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Sociology students can go into a vast array of careers which are both directly and indirectly related to this subject. Typical fields include: Counselling; Educational Studies; Sales and Marketing; Business and Management; Politics; Teaching; Psychotherapy; Medicine; Healthcare; Dentistry and many more.


Further information

You will develop a wide range of transferable skills, including: critical thinking; research skills; problem solving; teamwork; written and verbal communication including presentation and report writing; and interpersonal skills; all of which are highly regarded by universities and employers alike.


Exam Board: AQA

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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