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Sociology ( A level linear - No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

 Sociology can open many career doors and enables students to apply to a wide variety of different professions. Unlike many other subjects, reaching a sociological answer to a social problem or issue is never clear cut or simple. We review many theories and pieces of research and pride ourselves on how much we need to know before answering any of the important social questions in our community.

The course focuses around four main areas; families, education, religion and crime and deviance. In addition to this you will also learn how to conduct research and how to investigate social phenomena causing problems or concern in the world today.

Teaching is varied and diverse to cater for the different learners in the room. Lessons are normally divided into sessions where the focus might be theory, then exam questions, then a documentary or film or poem to consolidate what has been taught. No two people learn in exactly the same way; the Sociology work ethic at Gumley is to provide an individual and effective learning programme for each student.

Independent study should be approximately 5 hours a week. Students will be guided as to how to manage and break down that time effectively. Many skills will be consolidated in that time; research, reading, interpreting, exam style questions to mention a few.

You will enjoy this course if you have an inquisitive mind, like problem solving. Sociology is about pushing what you think you know and being able to accept alternative possibilities and conclusions




Course content

The sociology course is popular at Gumley, our groups are made up of a mixture of Gumley and consortium students, a variety of learners both boys and girls with different opinions and experiences.

The course itself prepares you for three 2 hour papers:

  • Education and Research Methods
  • Family and Belief systems
  • Crime and Deviance with Research Methods.

This is spread across a two year period where students are taught concepts, sociological perspectives, sociological studies and research and the sociologists that conduct the work.


Entry requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at gradeC. GCSE English at level 5 is required for this course. A level 5 in Mathematics will better equip you for the statistical  work in the course


You will have three examinations at the end of the course

Paper 1 :- Education with theory and methods-

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 2 :- Topics in sociology

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 3 :- Crime and deviance with theory and methods

External written examination 33.3% of A level



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Trips and visits in support of the curriculum.  Sociology has also been able to offer a Political Science trip to its students that allowed study in both New York and Washington DC.

Future opportunities

Sociology can lead to so much! It is a versatile subject and opens many doors. Our students have gone on to study either Sociology as a single honours or as a dual honours with subjects like Criminology at universities such as Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths, Hull and Keele. Possible careers include journalism, teaching, civil service and local government.You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

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